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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Throwback Thursday: May, 1967


This was taken at my college graduation. My oldest sister, who was taken from us by cancer several years ago, is the lovely lady on the left holding the camera and the white purse, my beautiful Mom (who would not have dreamed of attending any special occasion without a hat) is in the pastel blue; she, too, is no longer with us. The person in the cap and gown is me, before I discovered the joys of Lindt truffles and Godiva chocolates, and the lovely lady with the pink bag is my sister-in-law, who also appears on my blog here.

This was a huge day for me, as my Dad believed college was not for girls, and had refused to help me reach my goal. I did it on my own by working my butt off summers and saving every penny, maintaining a high enough GPA to qualify for scholarships each year, and by working while on campus: cleaning bathrooms freshman year, working in the kitchen sophomore year, and working in the school library junior and senior years. Needless to say, graduation was a milestone for me! (To this day, I hate to clean the bathroom...)

27 comments:

JennyMac said...

I love stories like this...where you knew you had a goal in mind and no negativity could alter your course. Great pic of a great day!

singedwingangel said...

Awww memories... too bad your dad was so against women in school..but look at what you accomplished which made it that much sweeter..

Middle Aged Woman Blogging said...

Congratulations!! You did it!! I, too, came from a family where my father did not think college was for females. How convenient for him, since he had 4 daughters and no sons! I guess he figured he'd be paying for 4 weddings instead. "FIND A HUSBAND!" we were all told. I never once told my daughter to find a husband. I told her to get her degree and never give up her day job!!

Kristina P. said...

What a great achievement!

tori said...

good for you for not letting your dad hold you back! what a sweet picture. I too lost a sister and I cherish the pics I have of her.

The Vegetable Assassin said...

Was that a cute tiny bob you had there? You look all adorable!

And good for you on the achievement. I didn't struggle half as much as you through college and yet oddly, I hate to clean the bathroom too! :)

Jen said...

Good picture! You've accomplished a lot over the years, and that shows determination.....Sorry, but, bathrooms will always be a part of our lives....

McVal said...

What a great story! My parents couldn't afford college for any of us, but if we wanted to go, they would fill out all the financial aid forms. My dad would cuss and fuss every year over that thing, swearing it would be the last one he ever filled out. It wasn't... Then we paid it off after we graduated.

Terra said...

Hey, I thought for a minute that was a photo of MY graduation. Ha ha.
Sad that two of the ladies are no longer here, but how sweet you created your own success story, in graduating.

Ms Bibi said...

Thank you for stopping by.

What a great story. You sure showed your dad, didn't you.

Michelle said...

WOW. GOOD FOR YOU!!!!

Flory said...

I love looking back at old pictures. They always remind you of how you felt back then. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not, but still a part of your life. Thanks for sharing!

blueviolet said...

Good for you! You fought for what you wanted!

buhdoop said...

I love this, wonderful, so uplifting! I am in a graduate degree program right now and seeing your joy from graduating is just what I needed :)

jules said...

I adore the outfits!

The Retired One said...

Good for you, Eva!! I give you credit for doing this without the support of your father!

Kimberly said...

Wow! That is great...you really did it! Great job!

Stopping by from SITS.

Have a great day!

tattytiara said...

Weren't you cute! I always wanted to pull of the smart pixie thing, but nope - not within a country mile. You nail it!

And you rock. Well done.

My name is PJ. said...

It's a shame you cannot hear or see my reaction to this post. I am on my feet, applauding and shouting "Woot! Woot!"

That saying, "You go, girl"? Yeah, well you went wayyyyyy before it was coined.

Christine said...

You were a woman before your time! Thank goodness you went ahead, against your father's wishes. Kudos to you!

I just have to say that the picture is fabulous! I love the styles of the 60's........so classy & Jackie O!
Beautiful.

love lives in the kitchen said...

i love your post! the picture is beautiful as well as your memories.
i wish you a very sweet weekend and thank you for visiting love lives in the kitchen!
hugs,
justyna

Tam said...

I applaud you! I was on the other end of the spectrum and very lucky to have both of my parents help me through college, emotionally and financially. I can't imagine someone not supporting that decision. Good for you for sticking to it!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

You were so determined to reach your goal. Very inspiring! Love the picture!

Unknown Mami said...

I am so very proud of you!

Cougar Tales said...

Love the photo. You are remarkable.

Alicia said...

Wow, that is a great accomplishment for you!! That is wonderful!

I'm so glad you stopped by my blog, and I don't mind one bit that you linked up with us!!!!

ethelmaepotter! said...

Oh my goodness! Were it not for the family members in period dresses, I would have sworn this was a picture of my daughter's best friend! You are her twin!
Wonderful picture, by the way. And congratulations! A few years late, but congratulations anyway!