May 16, 2010
I had looked forward to this day for years. But I didn’t end up doing what I thought I was going to do.
I didn’t put on a cap and gown and a lilac hood. I didn’t cross the stage holding a diploma. I didn’t shake anyone’s hand, and no one called me “doctor”. I didn’t smile for any pictures with my classmates.
But you know what I did do?
I woke up and brought Caroline into bed and listened to her sing-song “ma-ma! ba-by! da-da!” while she played with my hair. I tickled her tummy and laughed when she laughed. I took her grocery shopping and read her books. We passed toys back and forth and learned to say “tank-yoo”. I kissed her forehead and rocked her in the glider while she laid her head on my chest.
All in all… it wasn’t graduation day, but it was still an awesome day. And I’ll still get that diploma in exactly one year.
And in the meantime? I’ve got my baby.