Friday, June 21, 2013

A Special Day

Where are you going, my little one, little one,
Little dirndls and petticoats, where have you gone?
Turn around and you're two,
Turn around and you're four,
Turn around and you're a young girl going out of the door.

by Malvina Reynolds 

Today is a surprisingly emotional day for me. It's a day I've known was coming for many years but suddenly it's here and I've been on the verge of tears all day. My niece Ann Marie graduated from high school today, the same high school I graduated from.
Let me introduce you to Ann Marie. She is the daughter of my brother, Dan and my sister-in-law, Michele. She has an older brother, Eddie.
Eddie and Ann Marie have always been best friends.
Ann Marie has always been stylish.
I think this is my very favorite picture of her taken on her first birthday.
She and I have a few things in common. We both love to read.
And we both love animals.
She has been brought up knowing that girls can do anything, so when Eddie started playing hockey, she decided to play, too.

If you're a hockey fan, or even if you aren't, you should go to a pee wee hockey game. You'll laugh till you cry, but you'll admire the heart and effort those tykes put into the game.
Though she played for a couple seasons, Ann Marie left hockey for the soccer fields. While Eddie was winning hockey trophies, she was winning soccer trophies.
She continued playing all thru high school.
I remember her in pre-school as if it were yesterday.
And this morning she was preparing to graduate from high school.
Her parents have raised a beautiful and talented daughter.
We're all so proud of her.
Michele has promised to send me a picture from graduation and I'll share it.


Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

They just grow up so quickly! What a wonderful girl. Hope she lives life to the fullest.

XXXoOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Jo's World said...

Very nice story and wonderful pics.
Ann Marie is a beautiful girl, what are her plans for after graduation?

Where is Eddie?

Cheers and hugs,

A nosy Sis

gMarie said...

What a beautiful young lady. It doesn't sound like you could be more proud if you had raised her yourself. g

Two French Bulldogs said...

Benny & Lily

Ruby said...

OMD! I loves the story in pics! Just lovely! She is probally beatin' those guys off with a stick, huh?! BOL
Can't wait to see the graduation pics!
Ruby ♥

Molly the Airedale said...

Congratulations to Ann Marie! What a beautiful girl and obviously, a very talented one!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

My Dog Sam - Ruptured Disk said...

Congratulations Ann Marie, now you're ready for your first set of heels.

SissySees said...

What a beautiful, talented young woman! Congrats to her and to all who love her. May the world be her oyster.

Life with Wrigs said...

Congratulations to Ann Marie! What a lovely, talented young woman! We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

Susan and Wrigs

Lapdog Creations said...

Happy Graduation Day!

Nicki said...

They grow so fast!