The Ladybug stayed home for the ceremony (it was at 8:00pm in San Marcos) but she was there in pictures. My phone got a workout during the ceremony showing off all of the latest pictures and videos, everyone wanted to see what she has been up to and how much Safi has grown!!
It was so great to get to see how well my old students have done in school and to hear about their plans for after high school. I feel lucky to have been apart of their lives and can't wait to hear about all of the great things that they do in the future.
The greatest joy that I had tonight was when Alec McKelvey walked into the room to cheers and hollers, screams and shouts. He had the biggest smile on his face and was waving to everyone like he was the only one in the room. It was such a contrast to the scared, shy boy that walked into my room years ago. The boy that I wanted so bad for him to be accepted by his peers and for him to accept his peers. The day that he walked out Bowen I knew that he was on his way but I was still scared for him. Looking back I don't know why I was, he has the vigilant mother on his side and she will expects only the best from him and anyone around him for that matter, which she should. I don't think that a day has gone by that I have not thought about Alec and his family. Some people just make that big of an impact on you.
I am honored to say that I played a small roll in Alec's life, and I can only hope that I can continue to be in it to see the great accomplishments that he will make throughout the rest of his life.