Needless to say, she no longer carried her books to school, but chose, rather, to rock babies goodnight and support her husband through Bible college.
Without her diploma, she still managed to be the manager of a hotel in a major hotel chain, become an auditor that traveled all over the East Coast for another hotel chain, and work as a bank teller before finally retiring.
All of the time in between, the fact that she did not posses that little piece of paper saying she graduated, gnawed at her thoughts, telling her she just wasn't quite good enough. Even though we all knew she was.
But this week, she changed all that. She was given the opportunity to receive her GED or high school diploma. She opted for the diploma and completed her testing earlier in the week. Wednesday, she found out she passed with a 3.2 and is now, officially, a high school graduate. Class of 2012.
Mom, you did good. I'm very proud of you. I know you have wanted this for a very long time and now you've done it.
God has given you many opportunities to prove yourself over the years and you have certainly done that. Now that you have a diploma, it is only icing on the cake for your smarts and whits.
I love you. Congratulations on a job well done.