It was on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 that Matthew graduated from Windermere High School.
Tuesday is a weird night for a graduation ceremony but I was very happy that Matthew graduated with honours, and that it wasn't pouring rain. June is always a very wet month in Vancouver.
Robert, Matthew and I in the rose garden near the Chan Centre at UBC.
I was so excited that our only son was graduating and beginning a new life.
After the ceremony with Grandpa, and his diploma in Matthew's hand.
We were all so happy and pleased that evening!
I fondly imagined that with his honours and his scholarship for Langara College that Matthew would major in English studies and maybe become a teacher. But after two years of college he dropped out, moved out from home at the age of 19, and is working in Dussa's cheese shop on Granville Island.
Matthew is very happy following his own path in life, and is fiercely independent. We're also happy for him, but truly I do miss the "old days" when he was living here at home. I guess every mother is like that! This year my niece, Ashley Braun, graduates from high school.
It's amazing how swiftly time flows by.
It's been 34 years since I graduated. Somehow I just love this time of year with new beginnings and the breath of fresh optimism which pervades the air.
I wish all young grads everywhere all the best for their future.
"Live long and prosper!"