June.  It’s graduation season.   From Kindergarten to high school, college and beyond.   What an exciting time.  

The Big Ed’s family is celebrating a big one.   Our daughter received her Doctorate in Education.  Just saying it makes me burst with pride.   Since this is my blog I am going to use it this month to brag about Sheila.   I hope that I don’t embarrass her too much.

When we celebrate these milestones it naturally brings back memories of the years leading up to it.  I can still picture that little 4 year old asking me excitedly every day, “Mommy, mommy can we have a lesson?”  I can picture us sitting at her little table as she worked on learning her consonant blends.  It seems like yesterday.

Then on to other academic pursuits.  Junior high, high school, college, grad school.   Culminating in this milestone.   A doctorate.

I am so thankful for Sheila’s love of learning.  It is her passion.   We need people like her more than ever.  People who will share that passion with their students as she does each day and inspire them to never stop learning.

Think of your own milestones or those of your children.   Think about the people who helped you to achieve them.   Nobody achieves great things entirely on their own.   Thank those people.   

I can’t say enough how much it means to attend your daughter’ doctoral defense and hear her thank you for helping her to achieve it.

“Educating is always a vocation rooted in hopefulness.  As teachers we believe that learning is possible, that nothing can keep an open mind from seeking after knowledge and finding a way to know.” Bell Hooks







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