Haley | Class of 2017

“You will be so many things, and the one thing that I wish I’d known and want to say is, don’t just be yourself. Be all of yourselves. Don’t just live. Be that other thing connected to death. Be life. Live all of your life. Understand it. See it. Appreciate it. And have fun.”

Mother’s Day weekend was a momentous one for me. No, I’m not a mother. No, I’m not expecting. Rather, my oldest niece graduated from West Virginia University. At 27 years old, it really made me think about how fast time has flown!

Haley went off to West Virginia three years ago, and even though she changed her major, she still graduated earlier than the typical four years at the university level. She met a great guy while there. Her and Anthony compliment each other really well. One bonus for them is that they BOTH graduated this year!

As I type this, they are in the process of starting another adventure… moving to Texas.

According to George Bernard Shaw, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

Like so many other adults, they are moving on, growing up, changing. I’m so proud of their accomplishments and am so excited for them. They will go places. Literally.   🙂

Photo Whimsy by Megan is a Clifton, Illinois-based photographer.