I can’t believe this day is here. I’m sure you’re getting tired of hearing that. For you this day has probably taken forever to arrive. For those us that have watched you grow it has happened in a minute.
Your mom was the first of my friends to have a baby. Looking back we were really just babies ourselves, not much older than you are now. I remember holding you for the first time. You had a head full of the softest hair and big brown eyes that intently took in the world around you. You stared at me like you knew all of the secrets of the world. Then you barfed all over me, which granted sounds pretty gross, but I didn’t care because you had already stolen a piece of my heart.
I’ve seen you grow from a shy little girl to an outgoing young woman. I’m constantly amazed by your faith and maturity. I see in you a spark that I do not see in other girls your age. I know part of that is due to the wonderful job your mom and dad have done raising you, but it is also something that is innate to you. You’ve had it from that very first time I looked into your eyes.
I won’t lie. The next few years will be tough. You are leaving home and making the final transition from child to adult. The next four years will change and shape your life in ways that you can’t even imagine. You will form new bonds and relationships and ones you thought would never die will fade away into nothing but memories. You will experience heartache and fear and loneliness, but my prayer for you is that those times are outweighed by excitement and confidence and joy.
Happy graduation baby. Now go… take on the world. You are ready. Even if we are not.