June is the month of celebrations! Weddings, engagements, graduations, Father’s Day – all kinds of special events for us to celebrate.
This past Friday evening, our family celebrated the milestone of son, brother, grandson and nephew’s graduation from high school. It was a joyous at-home celebration. Poster boards with pictures of grandson displayed about the room. A video slide show on the laptop. Even his Spartan sports jacket with swimming medals displayed on granddaughter’s mannequin.
Food was spread about on the dining room table to feed those who would walk in and out from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. to wish him well, hug and just share a life event well worth celebrating! Wonderful young people with whom he’d grown up who also graduated with him. Polite, respectful young people who will make their mark on the future in very positive ways! Family, adult friends and parents of the wonderful young people. Relationships that will change but will last forever. . .
There was much laughter, hugs and perhaps a few tears. Tears of joy and gratitude for a life well lived to this point and a future that holds even brighter promise – for all!
Celebrations of this kind are bittersweet. We are happy for the life transition that is certainly a great accomplishment. But a sadness that youth has given way to young adulthood – and life will change. As it’s meant to do.
In a few short months, he’ll be off to college, no longer home every night to warm the lives of Mom, Dad and Sister. He’ll mature in ways we can’t imagine; but are guaranteed it will be for the very best that life has to offer. He’ll change – and so will we!
When I thought about what to write for our “Women’s Sunday Series”, it occurred to me that it’s a Sunday to celebrate JOY! The joy of gratitude. Gratitude for a Heavenly PAPA for whom relationships are so very important. A relational God who calls each of us into a deeply bonded special relationship with Him; then into the same with each other.
While we celebrated the transition of son, brother, grandson and nephew from high school to adult life before him; we also celebrated our PAPA who gave us mere humans the JOY of relationships. With Him and with each other. A JOY that can never be dampened by the rain that fell Friday night. A JOY that we often fail to celebrate for no other reason than we can!
So today, as the joyous memories of a wonderful evening of celebration linger as the day unfolds; I’m reminded of a magnificent phrase the late Mary Ann Mobley, former Miss America, said as she ended her reign and handed the crown to her successor. . .
“The song has ended; but the melody lingers on!“
Yes, indeed it does. The song of celebration ended, but the melody of it’s JOY lingers on. And there will be celebrations of JOY in the days ahead for which we shall all be gratefully blessed!
Celebrate the JOY in your lives as the days unfold. . .
Linda S. Fitzgerald, Visionary Partner & CEO
Champion of Ordinarily Extraordinary Women of the World
A Women’s Place Network, Inc. dba
Affiliated Women International
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