There was never a doubt


She did it…officially received the word that she is a fully licensed Registered Nurse. Her long, long journey has come to an end.

The starts and stops of college, the return home amid pre-requisites, the acceptance at an out-of-state nursing program, the newfound love of her life, the 2 years of commutes to save her sanity, clinicals, preceptors, study, study, marriage and more study, exams, graduation, BSN, NCLEX,  and finally today the much awaited one and only unique-to-Cara assignment of a license number defining her as a full fledged RN-capable of undertaking, managing and providing healthcare for her clients in the best possible way with the highest skills of her profession

To my daughter, who has fulfilled her goal and dream and can now go out into the world and her career of service to others-Congratulations, I love you.



A day to celebrate

Today is a day once more to reflect back on another adult child, graduating and moving on to begin her future. Then tomorrow we board a plane and head to San Francisco, finally!

Alison is not one to be filled with sentimentality. She doesn’t put a lot of  emphasis on special days. She is analytical, practical and rarely emotional, although underneath she feels passionately about many things. Choosing to pursue a career in the social sciences seems to be a misnomer at face value: social science! Alison’s best moments come in solitude. She is not an extrovert, not a social animal who seeks out others or even needs interaction. But social science is where anthropology falls and where her desire to explore the ancient will be.

Appropriately, with her future planned and with this being graduation day, a famous book makes me think of Alison. I know this is cliché’, this book is probably one of the most quoted in graduation speeches but ironically it could have truly been written for Alison.

 So I give you in this post a link to Oh, The Places You’ll Go, by Dr. Seuss as read by John Lithgow. And I say Happy Graduation Al! I love you and can’t wait to see and hear all about the places you will go.