Monday, June 9, 2008

Twenty Seven Year Grad Plan


We all have different stories. Most of you graduated way back in between 1970-1980.
What happened to little old me?

First of all you will not believe this.
I was not allowed to have the formal grad pictures like all the other girls.
I was not allowed to dance.
My Mom did make my dress. I did have a wonderful escort and I still meet him all over town, and we smile, hug and laugh like crazy, because he put my corsage in the cubby hole of the car and locked it in there. When he came to pick me up he couldn't open the cubby hole.
So guess where my corsage is today.
Anyways we went to the perfectly arranged party set up by our school Christian Club. (nobody wanted to admit that they went to ISCF).
Do any of you remember that from Abby?
Anyways I did graduate as all of you did, but without any photos. Still feeling short exchanged!

June is grad month and we all know the excitement with grad.
Lovella is sharing her grad dress pictures this week. Take a look at her gorgeous dress.
If you want to share your grad story, make a post and make a point of checking our her blog.
She has posted some great grad stories.
I have not heard yet, if there is going to be a contest.... to see who can slither into their dress???

But I can't let that hold me back from sharing another grad story.
As soon as I left high school, I wanted to move out, and in those days the only way you could move out, was to go to Bible School.
Well that sounded like one big party for me. WoHoo!
Party I Did!
So I took a few years of post schooling, partied, and then of course, found the man of my life, got married and had kids. That's the best part of all.

But one day, as those little ones grew up and left home, I felt like I should maybe finish off a degree that I had never finished, perhaps because I was having too much fun.
Back to school, I went and the worst thing was that I still had the same profs as I did when I was in my early 20's. That gets really scary!
I finally took the plunge, met many wonderful people and finally graduated with a BA.
I was not planning on going to my grad, but my family and professors all encouraged me to celebrate this milestone.

Here I am finally being congratulated by Dr. Wally Unger.
He was quick to state that,
"Marg is one of our only students who has been on the 27 year plan."

My official gown, hat, and floral arrangement, from guess who?

My girls cheered me on... because my goal was to graduate before they completed
their degrees at TWU. I narrowly escaped that goal.

Here's the one who pushed me through.
He has always been the "Wind Beneath my Wings"
I did not need to wear a big prom dress, nor did I have the desire.
And I didn't need to worry about an escort.
It was just fun to be me!
Our grad theme was,
"Stay Put, Bloom Where you've Been Planted"

"He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers."
Ps. 1:3



9 comments:

  1. Marg that is such a wonderful story. You told it beautifully .. wrapped with love and humor. I wonder if they ever got the cubbyhole open? What a great testimony to finishing well.

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  2. Marg...that is a great story! I totally forgot that you went back to school..good for you. What an encouragement to all of us who have things that we should complete...it's never too late!

    ISCF...now that you mentioned it. I recall going to an ISCF banquet at grad...seems it was rather a dull affair. What memories.

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  3. That is the best grad story I've heard in a long time. And, you were a beautiful grad.

    Thank God for the wind beneath our wings.

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  4. AnonymousJune 10, 2008

    I did not know this about you, Marg, that you did your degree in the years that I did not ever see you. Congratulations, better late than never! Dairymary

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  5. AnonymousJune 10, 2008

    Great story, and I bet your mom was thrilled with the pictures at this later time in your life. Her and your Dad use to sit infront of us every Sunday AM in Church. We were always greated warmly by them. And about the coursage, back then they were made the size of a small bush>) Kathy

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  6. Sweet story! Getting your degree late in life: wasn't it easier than you had thought it would be? Somehow being married and not worrying about dating or boyfriend issues sure makes studying easier!

    So when are you going for your Master's degree? Git 'er done, girl. The master's degree's gown has rocking sleeves and that really cool cowl thing...perfect to match with a coursage (that's what I had when I did grad school a couple of years ago...)

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  7. I guess we are traveling in parallel universes - and we have never met! I went back to college when my youngest started school. I ended up getting my Master's in Education. Somehow, I juggled raising four kids, being a homemaker, and working part-time. I made Dean's List each semester. I can remember studying while folding laundry - crazy. My husband also was the wind beneath my wings - and I couldn't do what I do without him. Congrats to you on being a woman of great achievment!

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  8. Oh this was wonderful to read! Congratulations Marg! I'm so very happy that you stuck with it and got your BA! Very inspirational. I always told my kids to keep enhancing their degrees with more classes because time still passes the same whether you take advantage of it or not
    Hugs, Pat

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  9. Oh Marg, I don't know you but I can tell you that I am soooo proud of you. And I feel that that particular post revels a wonderful side of your very strong and determined character. We should never give up a dream, and I so believe in completing what we start off to do. So this was a HUGE accomplishment for you....I am happy for you.

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