Tomorrow I walk.

Tomorrow I don a cap, gown, and hood and will walk.

In retrospect it has been both a short and a long year.  I have learned a lot and feel, for the most part, prepared to move forward as a teacher, to take this next step in the journey of my life.

I am not particularly looking forward to walking tomorrow.  If you must know, I am playing the Master’s graduate, dressed in garb and marching to the pomp and circumstance, for only one reason – my family.  I think it is important for my boys to see the concrete progression, the achievement that comes of hard work.

So tomorrow I will awkwardly cross the stage, shake hands with someone of great importance to my college (someone who’s name I should really know?), pause for a professional photographer to capture the moment, and then descend from the stage without falling on my face.

I would rather not walk but walk I will.  And I know, in some rather small part of my heart that if I did not I would regret it.

And so tomorrow I walk.

About Shoes

I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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11 Responses to Walking

  1. Eli Pacheco says:

    1. Yes, walk to show those youngsters. They can do it too.

    2. School’s about to get one great teacher. Watch out.

    3. I’m glad it’s this kind of walk, not the walk of shame, or walking like an Egyptian. Or walking away or walking the plank. This walk makes school a better place.

  2. Congratulation! You did it! I know your feelings about “walking”. I didn’t do it when got my Master, but did after completed Teaching Training. You are right- for boys it is important to see that just after hard work you can reach achievement and “party”!:) Have a good day!:)

  3. mimijk says:

    Congratulations!! What a tremendous accomplishment for which I am glad you are walking…

  4. The Waiting says:

    Congrats, Shoes! Such a huge accomplishment that will speak volumes to your boys! I raise my glass to you.

  5. I’m so proud of you, Shoes! It’s been a long time coming, and you’ve so earned it. Congratulations for your carpe diem chapter in life…a chapter that will yield more of the same to come. Your boys will never regret the time it took Mommy to do this because they will be proud for a lifetime. Wear sensible shoes and your favorite undergarments. 😀 And most of all, walk tall.

  6. ksbeth says:

    and a huge congratulations to you and this massive accomplishment )

  7. Congratulations! Yes, I can see your perspective of not really wanting to walk but I’m glad you’re doing it anyway. One day you will look at the pictures and be glad that there was a day to celebrate such an amazing achievement!

  8. Congratulations! Look at it as another right of passage completed.

  9. Deborah the Closet Monster says:

    I didn’t want to for college, but friends and family demanded I must. I’m glad they did!

    Then I was so excited to be done with law school, I wanted the definitive conclusion. That too was grand, as I hope is your newest walk.


  10. Congratulations! I always have high regards and appreciation for teachers. They help all of us becomes who we are now. I too am not into walking up the stage with all eyes on you but I do know it makes our family so happy and proud, especially the little ones. Seeing you up the stage I bet inspired your kids immensely. All the best to you.

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