It's Graduation Time
As I write this blog, I am trying not to tear up. My mind goes back to when the girls were born and how they grew up before my very eyes. Wow eighteen years go by fast. I'm thinking to myself, "Dang, I'm old."
My oldest has had her challenges. She witnessed the divorce of her parents as well as the loss of some of her closest relatives. My oldest niece had to have some things done concerning a breathing and snoring issue. My baby is a trooper. My oldest nieces has danced and grew up before my very eyes. I remember hearing her sing and watching her in her dance recitals. My baby has made me proud.
For my next to youngest niece, I am so proud of her as well. Unfortunately in her childhood she stricken with an illness that affected her brain which in turned messed with her development cognitively. She's special needs, but she still was able to function in public school, but with the special educational classes. Don't get me wrong I am not playing favorites at all, but I know that this particular nieces has faced various challenges: teasing, bullying, ostracism, and a crazy mother who is basically ashamed of her. Through it all, My mom, grandmother, uncles, and the family have really pushed her and have prayed her through. We've all been there for her. Okay here comes the tears now. I think back on the many operations that my next to youngest niece has endured. My baby has what doctors call a shunt in her head that goes to her stomach. She had to have that done because as a baby she had fluid on her brain.
When she was two years old, she had to have several surgeries done to correct which became a devastating mistake on a doctors part. However, I thank God that she is a survivor. My nieces and nephews are like my own kids, since I don't have any. I'm thankful and so proud of them.
It's something about when you see your nieces and nephews grow up. It brings life into perspective. It amazes me how time flies. It seems like only yesterday I was playing peek a boo with them and watching them take their first steps and not to mention moving on from kindergarten. God has really blessed me to see such great accomplishments from them. I look forward to the greatness that will be coming from both of them.
I cant' forget about my "son" who adopted me as his parent last year. By him being young and in the life, sometimes it can be difficult to find those who will mentor you and guide you in the right way. He has come a long way. My son has endured some of the same struggles that I have in terms of the religious section of our lives. Although I'm more experienced in life, I can see my son really maturing. I am so proud of him. He even came by my job to ask me if I was coming tonight. I can't wait to see the greatness that comes from him as well. There is so much I want to show him, but I realize that he's a man just as my nieces are women as well. They all have to grow and learn their way. I know that God is with them. This is a wonderful day and season.