(Originally posted 5 years ago in May 2009 after attending my son Kamaron's graduation from IU. With all the college graduations happening this time of year, I recall my own very special day now 35 years ago....)
Me ready to graduate from IU! May 1979
Has it really been 30 [now 35!] years ago? Celebrating my son's graduation from IU took me on a stroll down memory lane to my own graduation from Indiana University in May of 1979.
Many things were the same. Assembly Hall. Thousands of excited, ambitious young people ready to start their lives and change the world. Proud parents and grandparents jockeying for the perfect seat to watch their child.
I am always amazed at how every grad has an intense need to find their cheering section in the stands and wave at them, while every parent searches every face from her distant seat to spot her baby in his graduation garb. It is as if neither can rest until they find the other across the sea of people, and then once spotted, both can sit down and enjoy the ceremony. At my kids' graduations, people were using their cell phones and texting their locations to their loved ones. Back "in the day," it took a lot more effort to find each other, but somehow we always did.