Thanks for popping in. I’ve been busy this morning, mapping out our next Doodle Trip. I think you will enjoy this next week. I am so looking forward to sharing with you tomorrow, if you do fancy joining me on the Doodle-SHAC-Shack bus. It’s quite a challenge, but no pain, no gain and all that…
May has always been our time to travel, because it falls between shows and events. Yesterday, I went back a year, to NEW YORK and Gracie. This morning I want to take you back 6 years to 2014. It was our Mark’s graduation in California. Looking back, I have to say that it was probably the best day of my life – and that is saying something. Not only was I thrilled for Mark to have graduated; it was the whole experience. It was the whole day. And I remember it as if it were yesterday…
Grace had flown in to San Francisco from New York, and Dave, she and I were staying at the Ritz Carlton – very posh. Wenn schon, denn schon, as the Germans say, which loosely translated means “if you’re going to do it, do it properly, do it in style!”
We were supposed to be at St Mary’s University in Moraga for 10 am. So we got up at stupid o’clock, got all duded up, and took the BART to the outskirts, where we hailed a taxi to take us out of the city. It was all going so well – until the taxi broke down. Mild panic ensued. You understand. We had come all the way from, not San Fran, but Crowborough for this little gig! Another Taxi eventually showed up and we trundled on. Then we saw the lines of cars waiting to park up. Heart sank. Smiles all round when we realised that cabs could drive right up to the entrance. Woohoo! We went from being last to being first!
The graduation was in the open air on the sports fields. All the seats already had reserved stickers on them (no room at the inn…). Heart sank. Smiles all round when Grace spotted a friend in the bleachers – which were the best seats in the house for the graduation! Their family invited us to sit with them. Amazing people. Such great company!
Once we had seat, we went to find Mark, who was coralled with all the grauduates before the procession and the ceremony.
It was a super proud moment, not least because St Mary’s Rugby Team had also won the USA tournament that year for the first time, and Mark was graduating as a college champion. Big Cheese over there!
So after much hugging and kissing, we went back to our seats, to wait for the processsion. My God! The Americans certainly know how to celebrate a Graduation! I have been to a few over the years, not least my own, which was B O R I N G and B O N E D R Y. But I have to tell you, when the music started and the students started to walk through to their designated seats, it was truly the most exciting, exhilerating moment of my life. EVER. I done lots in my lifetime, but I have never felt such sheer exultation. Six years on, and I still get goosebumps thinking about it. It was the atmosphere, the crowds, the beautiful blue skies, the happy people, Dave, Grace. It was just magical.
And then the after party on the lawn. Blimming spectacular. It was so good to see my ex-mum in law, we always got on so well! And all the Bowers family! It was as though we had never been apart. Lots of catching up to do, after about 20 years, you can imagine! Yes. It was good to catch up with old family. When a divorce happens, you often lose good friends in the crossfire, especially when there are thousands of miles in between.
So many people came to shake my hand, to tell me was a smashing young man Mark is. I hadn’t realised how popular he was at college. And what a college! Fantastic place!
So there we are. Six years ago today, that’s where we were. And even if we can’t travel just now, sharing my memory with you has taken me right back there. It’s like I went there in my head and relived all the emotion and joy again.
And that’s not a bad thing !! Safer, cheaper and guaranteed !!
This blog is such a tonic, you know. To be able to relive good things, great moments with friends. We could almost be sitting having a cuppa, sharing a photo album and a little banter together.
Mmm. Happy Sunday. See you tomorrow at 10. Remember to pack some sun screen!!!
Love and light.