Her last spring concert. There she stands, on the stepped up bleachers, facing the darkened auditorium, so many spring concerts behind her. She is beautiful. Radiant. With the light of possibility streaming from her. Standing in heels she could not have balanced in a few short years ago. Her heart sings in tune with the other young women in her a cappella group. Sweet harmony among friends made through the sometime painful years of growing up. We stare at Grace, our own hearts so full of love, and hope, and the melancholy acceptance of the passage of time.
This is her season of lasts. The last gym class, the last day of high school, the last AP test, the last spring concert. The seniors are excited. They all know where they are going in the fall, and their only thought now is to celebrate their friendships, and the accomplishments of their high school careers. They are focused on being together, creating those final memories of this time of growth and learning, in the classroom and out, knowing that everything is about to change. They are excited, but they are also a little nervous. At least Grace is. Read More →