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Never Underestimate the Long and Winding Road


Photo: Dawn in the Ai-Petri Yaila nature reserve (zakaznik) by Krasnickaja Katya,

My son Chris is graduating from high school today. I want to let him know how proud I am of him for this huge accomplishment, yet it’s hard to put into words my feelings of joy and excitement.

Just five months ago, we were celebrating his 18th birthday, and like now, I was struggling to find some inspirational words of wisdom to pass along to him. Thank goodness for Hallmark, as I found the perfect card for him and shared it with you on my December 23, 2013 post.

Are you or your family or friends celebrating a graduation? If so, congratulations! Here is some graduation advice to pass along or to inspire yourself for this grand and joyous occasion:

I’d also like to share with you the words from Chris’ graduation card, courtesy of Hallmark:

“Never underestimate all the wonderful things you’re capable of, the impact of your dreams and ideas, your uniqueness, and all you have to offer the world. Never underestimate the special person you are now and the one you have the power to become.”

Congratulations Chris! You are my inspiration as we continue to travel on the long and winding road together.


You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one


Today is my son Chris’ 18th birthday. I’m so proud of who he is and all that he will become. He enjoys music by The Beatles, so in honor of his milestone birthday, I titled this post after John Lennon’s famous quote from his song “Imagine.” Chris and I are dreamers!

Chris painted this beautiful picture when he was in preschool. It’s matted and framed and hangs in a prominent place in our home. It’s my absolute favorite picture because it projects optimism and joy. I look at it all the time as a reminder of how fortunate I am to have him in my life.

About 10 years ago, I found the perfect card for his 18th birthday. I’d like to share with you those inspirational words of wisdom (Greeting card created by Hallmark,

Someday, Son,

you will become a “sir” –

the world will expect you

to wear ties and pay taxes

and take care of your lawn.

People will try to sell you insurance

and major appliances.

You may feel the urge

to carry an umbrella “just in case”

and to go to bed early on Saturdays.

You’ll hear your favorite songs

on the elevator.

So take it from someone who knows,

someone who loves you –

there’ll never be another time

in your life like this.

Be happy.

Laugh until it hurts.



Do good stuff.

Ask questions.

Stop for pizza.

Order extra-large . . .

Play ball.

Hang out with friends.

Find something that matters

and be a part of it.

The world is full of “sirs.”

But there’s only one you,

only one now.


Happy Birthday, Chris!

Love always and forever,