Yesterday was a good news/bad news kind of day.

The bad news was that I got up at 3:20 a.m., spent five hours in a car, listened to lots of speeches, and then immediately turned around (leaving #2 daughter alone in her cap and gown, sob!) and spent five more hours in a car, arriving home shortly past 9:00 p.m. While #2 daughter did find a celebration to join, my day also included two teenage boys who complained about 17.8% of the time, scary roads in the rain, and Burger King drive-through.

The good news outweighed the bad news.

I did not have to drive at all, and got the Regal Orchid Jasmine sweater done up to the shaping on the front.

There was great music, including not just #2 daughter’s vocal ensemble, but also a brass medley of “When the Saints Go Marching In” and the Hallelujah Chorus that made the entire day worthwhile. Bagpipes, too, and you just can’t help feeling festive when there are bagpipes, right?

The speeches were not bad at all, as speeches go.

There was a brunch which was lavish and delicious, and removed any lingering sympathy we might have felt for #2 daughter’s having to eat dorm food. The fact that we had been up for seven hours before eating it doubtless added to its splendor, but it was still very good.

We had the opportunity to meet or to see again a lot of #2 daughter’s friends, and often their parents as well. The boys got to be told repeatedly how much they look like their sister. My husband and I got to be told repeatedly how proud everyone is of our daughter.

And of course, the big point of the entire thing was being there for a milestone in the lives of all the young people we were honoring at graduation.

Our daughter commenced!

Congratulations to all the Jewels of Knowledge, and thank you for letting us be a small part of your college experience!