Monday, May 15, 2017

Another Athens Graduation

Last weekend, Harrison and I made the trip down south toe watch my sister graduate from the University of Georgia!

As always, Harrison was the best little travel buddy.  Despite having to be woken up at 5:30 a.m., he did great on the plane ride down Thursday.  We knew it would be a long day, so once she walked across the stage, we hit the road for the condo so I could get Harrison home and in bed before the party started! He was looking mighty dapper in his red pants and adorable bowtie.

Thursday night we had a little party at the condo with Julie's friends, our family and of course - Pappy's cookies.  Oh, and big cutout heads of five-year old Julie. See below.

Friday was the entire university graduation and the speaker was Ernie Johnson, the NBA announcer.  If you haven't heard his speech, take time and go look at it here. I promise it's worth the time.

My key takeaways from the two speeches I heard and her graduation are...

  1. Be Kind. Show Up. and Be You. 
  2. Always have a job that you GET to go to, not one that you GOT to go to.
  3. Find lives blackberries.  You will understand when you watch the speech. 
Before the graduation on Friday night, we hung out downtown, grabbed some beers and pizza and just enjoyed the time together! 

The trip was fast, but it was so great to see the last Merryman child graduate and move on to the next chapter in her life - grad school!