Friday, November 13

Mother's Pride!

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If I work on a scale of 1 to 10 on the mother's pride'ometer ... well I was nine million, nine hundred and ninety-nine thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine times more proud than I ever thought possible.

I could never be described as a shrinking violet and on Wednesday ... as the list of names was read out in Cambridge ... there was clapping and the odd shout as daughter's and son's graduated. I was determined to Whoop and Cheer as loudly as I possibly could when Samantha's name was called ... I wanted everyone to know just how proud I was ... the moment arrived ... she started her walk across the stage ... I opened my mouth ... a lump appeared in my throat ... my eyes welled up ... and I could n't manage a sound ...

Here is a girl that has worked relentlessly hard at her education ... no tests, exams or assignments came particularly easy for her. She is practical and sensible and beautiful ... but could never be described as particularly academic. This picture represents the fact that if you want something badly enough and you are prepared to work hard enough ... well anything is possible!

We had a lovely meal to celebrate ... time to put your feet up was the thought on everyone's minds ... you have a wedding to plan ... Oh no! ... not my Samantha ... we had hardly finished our starter when she announced that the next step is a master's degree ... I shall be taking a football rattle to that one ... trust me!

41 comments:

Julie said...

Congratulations, Linda! You have every right to be proud! Your daughter is lovely! She reminds me of my oldest daughter--lovely, sensible--and at a university right now, too! I understand not being able to make a sound at that moment...I wish her so much success! Enjoy every moment, and have a wonderful day!

Carolands said...

What a lovely post, you must be very proud x

Yours Artfully said...

This surely is one of life's treasured moments. All the battles with the terrible two year olds and tantrums of teenage years are simply forgotten when this moment arrives. If you surprised yourself at how emotional you felt on graduation day....start preparing now for the wedding day!!!! Congratulations Linda and of course to your daughter too.

Chrissie said...

Huge congratulations to you and your daughter Linda!
I wonder why we are always surprised when the emotions of these 'special' moments catch us?
Personally, I still find my heart missing a beat when I see old photos of my boys when they were small, I can remember how it felt to hold them and I just well up with love.

Andrea said...

ooooooo Linda she looks stunning and proud, so pleased to hear you were lost for words and at least you never laughed else goodness me you would of got thrown out or carted away LOL what a memorable occassion and good for Samantha xx

Nettie said...

Wonderful Linda! and you are rightly very proud, I often think that these youngsters who have to work hard at it, to get their qualis etc, end up better than the very 'bright lights' who take it for granted, very much so with my sister's daughter; they are to be admired: Congratulations Samantha, what did she graduate in Linda?
Have a fab weekend of celebrations! Nettie x

Debbie Dolphin said...

congratulations linda you must be ever sooooo .Well done to your daughter too xx
debbie xxx

Wipso said...

Congratulations. Been there done that and there are no words to describe the pride is there? Second to nothing. :-) A x

kazzells said...

I have a loud haller you could borrow!!lol, many congrats lovely news

kazxx

Sol said...

Wow! Congratulations with your daughters graduation! I enjoyed reading what you have written! I Wish her all the best in life! Enjoy the weekend!

Sol said...

Wow! Congratulations with your daughters graduation! I enjoyed reading what you have written! I Wish her all the best in life! Enjoy the weekend!

Cath Wilson said...

Ooh, how wonderful and what a testament to hard work! We Mums are all the same, I think - doesn't take much to make us proud, but that takes some beating :) Congrats to Samantha!

Kaz said...

Take me I'll shout for you!
COngrats to Samantha and whoo you mum! xx

kjjc said...

wow.

Jennie said...

Oh I know how you feel, it is the most wonderful feeling in the world, I was bursting with pride when Aimz graduated. Not sure if I could go through another 3 years, but if I did I would take the rattle , the loud hailer and a box of tissues! Congratulations to Samantha and yourself! It is a milestone in your history, forget it not!

Angie said...

What a proud Mum you must be ...I so wish her luck with her next step ...she must love the subject or maybe she has discovered that she loves to study.

Tinkertaylor said...

Snivel, snivel I've tears in my eyes reading your post I can feel your pride bursting through Congratualtions to your daughter it's not easy these days and we should recognise the effort it takes. I'm going to my son's graduation next week so I'm looking for that football rattle.

Helen said...

Congratulations to you and Samantha and good luck planning the wedding. I don't have children myself, but it must be such a great feeling! Hope you come down to earth soon so you can - as Wendy would say - Make ART!!

Carol Ann said...

Congratulations to you and your beautiful daughter I know exactly how you felt my own daughter graduated in the summer. Wishing her all the very best with her on going studies for her Masters Degree.

Carol Ann xx

Kay said...

Congratulations to you both. I was exactly the same when my DDs graduated! Good luck with the masters!

Julia Dunnit said...

Beautiful post. COngratulations Samantha.

Hels said...

Aw just reading that made me had a lump in my throat too hunny...I know how proud you are of her...and wow, what an achievement...and now a Masters...she certainly is her mothers daughter...lotsa love hun xxx

Chris said...

Oh, Linda, that's wonderful. I can imagine I'd be just the same. Many congratulations to Samantha on her graduation.

Biscuitlid said...

the pride for your daughter is so clear in your writing Linda - hope she does as well with her masters

Victoria
x

Kathy said...

Huge congrats to your daughter and of course her rightly proud mum!

Until today I didn't realise you were in Cambridge - I'm in North Herts - not so far from there and actually my hubby works in Cambridge!

camcraft said...

Awww.. Many Congrats Samantha .. love and hugs to the very proud mum :-)
Kath- Not seen you in an age. I only live 10 or so mins away from Linda - after her very kind invite am hoping to manage to pop in this side of 2009.
Carole x

Helen said...

Just popping back to say, there is an award for you on my blog.

Minxy said...

Awwwww well done Samantha. Biggest congrats and good luck with the masters xxx

Cass said...

Lovely post Linda.You must be so proud of your daughter.Best of luck with her masters degree.
Cass xxx

Samantha said...

Ahh thanks Mum...and thank you everyone for your kind wishes! It was a great day! XX

Carmen said...

Beautiful photo, beautiful post. Congratulations to your daughter Linda :) And you of course for doing such a good job by her.

Lottie said...

It's the best feeling ever when your child graduates isn't it. The history, ceremony, the whole shebang. The only thing that beats it is when a grandchild is born!

Heather said...

Congrats!! I got choked up just reading, can't imagine being there!

Burnice said...

Congratulations Samantha - d'ya think you made your mum proud !!!!

Linda I have left you a little something on my blog.

Burnice x

sarah said...

wow!! congrats to your daughter!!! that will def make a mom proud! :)

have a great week!

hugs,
sarah.

Bohemian Gypsy said...

What a lovely proud mama post this was Linda and a very sincere congratulations to Samantha for achieving her dream.
Hugs
Michelle

prashant said...

Wow! Congratulations with your daughters graduation! I enjoyed reading what you have written! Work from home India

Lorraine said...

what a lovely post..it brought a lump to my throat as well..a great daughter to be proud of

sarah copeland said...

Sometimes the phrase "speechless" really does apply to lifes big moments :)

Joy said...

Well done Samantha and I expect she is just as proud of her extremely talented mum! Good luck too with the masters xx

voodoo vixen said...

Oh yes, you are fully entitled to your Proud Mummy Moment!! The same thing happened to me when my son graduated... I was so going to whoop and clap and stand up... because as a 10 year old that's what he did at my graduation ceremony!! I choked too...

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