Another Milestone

Last week my granddaughter Alyssa graduated from Casa Robles High School. As a senior she really looked forward to all the traditions. With the end of the third semester all graduation requirements had been completed, and then all schools in the state of California closed for the rest of the year. CoVid 19 put a halt to all plans. There would be no prom, no parties, no walk across the stage to accept her diploma.

Mother and daughter
Here is Alyssa at six with her mother graduating American River College

Alyssa visited her family in Orangevale. She has been staying in Turlock for the past couple of weeks since this pandemic stay at home orders. After picking up her cap & gown and diploma holder we made arrangements to photograph her at a park. Armed with my Fuji xt2 and 80mm f2.8, and Alyssa’s bright smile the photo shoot went smoothly. Many good images to choose from in the short time we had together. Of course the photographs engendered a typical self-critical reaction from the one being photographed. Lucas came along and found the nature trail full of insects to capture in his insect habitat.

Alyssa walks across the bridge at a park across from Casa Robles High School
Brother Lucas following his sister on the nature trail

The parents of Casa decided that some show of celebration was needed. Graduating seniors woke up to Congratulation signs planted on their front lawns. Then a flyer sent to families told of a parade being organized at the local mall that is now shut. So on Friday night my husband, myself, and Charlie parked in the shade and waited. What followed was a fun celebration for the seniors. Cars decorated by the seniors paraded around the perimeter. A DJ announced each name alphabetically. Online the DJ stopped most cars and asked the senior’s name, favorite teacher, and time to give a shout out. Unfortunately, this was not done for every senior who wanted it. It seemed that a good time was had by all.

While Alyssa was selecting her favorite images I spoke to her about her future plans. After spending many months away from her family I impressed upon her the benefits of accepting her mother’s offer to live home until her plans take shape. I am sad that she does not see this as a positive step for her future. I can only hope that she makes good decisions. As I am writing this post I had a chance to look over all 1400 digital images I have taken of Alyssa over the years. Wow. So much time I spent capturing her growth from baby to high school graduate. She has all the future in front of her! Good Luck!

Class of 2020 attitude!

Milestone in Life: High School Graduation!

Readying for one of those milestones in life. My grandson is graduating from high school. He is setting out to find that first full time job. Applying online, thinking companies, and preparing for an interview.

But this week is about finals, Senior Check-Out, Senior Breakfast, Graduation practice, and Graduation.

Teaching at a high school level I experienced many graduations, yet this week is special for me. Isaac has lived at my house for over a year, and I wanted him to feel the change that is approaching. First step, a trip to Super Cuts for a hair style that says, “I’m ready to move into the workforce.” Then to Macy’s to purchase a shirt and tie. A trip to TJ Max for a belt to accomodate his waist size.

Last minute styling!

Getting ready for graduation

Getting ready for graduation

Official Cap & Gown Photo

Official Cap & Gown Photo

Presenting the Class of 2015

Class of 2015 from El Camino Fundamental High School

Class of 2015 from El Camino Fundamental High School

Proud sister watches and thinks of her future day.

Proud sister watches and thinks of her future day.

Graduation over, diploma in hand!

Graduation over, diploma in hand!

For the Class of 2015 it is time for an All Night Grad Party!

Flowers from my daughter

Flowers from my daughter for me!

 

An important step in life, but just the beginning of many more to come!