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...)