They say when one door closes, another one opens. And all I can say is I’m so happy to be closing this door! I probably won’t lock it, because I may go back someday. But it sure feels nice to graduate!
It seems like just yesterday I was graduating from Sackville High, but then again, at the same time it seems so long ago. So much has happened since then. My best friend is a police officer, my sister is a genetic counselor, my brother is a doctor and I didn’t even know Scott then. I’ve done two co-ops away from home in Ontario and Alberta, and now I’ve moved across the country to British Columbia.
I think we all remember thinking “what we wanted to be when we grew up” and what we’d look like when we were older, who we’d become. I remember wanting to be a photographer, an actress, a writer, working in the health field, a dental hygienist, a dentist. If you had told me I’d be taking a Bachelor of Public Relations I would have said, what’s public relations? I guess this moment I’m becoming “what I want to be when I grow up”, but I think we all know I’ll never fully “grow up”. I’ll always be a kid at heart.
My trip home has been so much fun so far, but is going by much too fast. I arrived on Thursday morning, 40 minutes before my sister flew in from St. John’s. So the first thing I did when I got home (after hugging Mama and Pops) was eat breakfast in the airport. So exciting, I know! That’s why it’s written here. When we got home Mom showed us all the changes to the house now that they’re sans-kids. My old bedroom upstairs now has a double bed AND my old bedroom downstairs has a queen! Now Ash and I will be fighting for the queen bed when we visit at the same time. It’s still weird to consider myself visiting at my parents house. I still feel like I live here.
After I had a nap (let’s face it, no one gets a good night sleep on the red eye), we had brunch! Then that evening we celebrated my birthday
and my sister’s half birthday, with my Granny and brother. Mom made cake and chicken dinner, it was perfection. Mom’s cooking is the best. I think I’ll miss that most when I go home.
We did a lot of visiting with family and friends. Mom and Dad had a great get together at our house Saturday afternoon/evening/night. It was fun! I was so exhausted that night, getting up this morning was really hard to do.
But I got up, and went to my grad. We were just about to get on the highway when my sister realized I forgot my gown and hood at home. So we turned around and got that. I think it was pretty important to have. I’d have looked funny without it.
It was so great to see everyone from school! Weird that we won’t be seeing each other almost everyday, in class, working on projects and homework outside of class. No one tripped during the ceremony, one of my classmates may have fallen asleep, but no one was there who wasn’t supposed to be graduating. So I think it went pretty smooth!
My friend Alison took pictures after the ceremony for me (easier than having my mom do it, and then needing someone else to take family pictures etc.), plus Ali takes the best pictures! 🙂 I can’t wait to add some to this post.
My family and I went to the Hamachi House and I became a master Japanese Teppan-Yaki chef! (I flipped an egg shell into a chef’s hat, aka I’m awesome.) It was really fun! I love watching them cook right in front of you. All of the food was delicious and our chef was funny. Plus after dinner I got a great wif of the ocean breeze on the waterfront. I’m going to miss that back in the Okanagan.
I want to take a moment to say thank you to all the amazing people in my life who made my graduating possible. I have such a wonderful and supportive family and such great friends. Especially my Mom, Dad, sister and brother. They’ve all helped me in their own special way to realize my potential and help me believe I can do anything. This girl couldn’t ask for better friends and family. (Well except, maybe, someone could win the lottery once in a while and help a girl out with a couple mill in the bank or something. Haha, just kidding. Kinda…)
Now that I’m finished school and have a half-time position doing Recruitment and Special Events at the Okanagan College, Penticton Campus it’s time for me to start my big girl life. I’ve decided big things are in store for me. I think I’ll begin by going to sleep. It’s been a long day.