It was while sitting in a university’s student union, having coffee with my husband, that I was compelled to get up and use one of the school’s computers to log into WordPress. (Yup, kinda always thinking about WordPress! ) I wanted to find out what this week’s photo challenge theme was because I had brought my camera along on this trip, somehow already knowing the theme, and our day, would go together.
And when I saw it, I smiled. It was perfect. One single word described so well what this moment was for us.
Our whole day was about beyond.
Because you see, we had traveled to the campus so our daughter Meg could meet the professors and students who will be part of a whole new world for her. With her upcoming graduation from high school, everything she knows is on the verge of changing and will soon be left behind. She will be leaving home, she will be on her own, she will be in a totally new environment. Doors will be opening to experiences and learning opportunities currently beyond her imagination.
Once finished with our coffee and now armed with the theme, Neal and I used the two hours we had before it was time to pick up Meg to wander around campus. I looked upon all that surrounded me with an adventurer’s eye.
Kids playing ultimate frisbee on the quad, the library, the setting sun. Everything presented itself as picture perfect, but not the perfect picture.
But then, I saw it.
The building that houses the Honors College Meg will be part of and above it was the rising moon.
I had found my photo.
After I got the shot, I felt at peace as Neal and I continued walking around campus in those early evening hours of a winter’s Friday night. When we arrived at the reception we found Meg engaged in a group of young ladies, fully animated in conversation and we hung back, unnoticed, so she could just be, so she could experience on her own what will be the first of many tremendous college experiences. Then finally, she saw us, and with a wave invited us over and we were introduced to her new fellows. She was happy. She was excited and I knew in my heart, the way a mother does, that there is so much waiting for my baby and she is going to be just fine.
She is going to college, to the moon and beyond.
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