It is hard for me to believe that my baby girl is getting so old. You know, the one I affectionately call my 'big girl' on this ole blog? Yes, in my mind I often see some of her precious faces as an infant and toddler and marvel at the love a mother feels when she has her first child. My Stephanie definitely stole my heart. We share our middle name...Joy. And truly-- she has been such a joy to raise. As I watch her grow I continue to marvel at her amazing talent, wit, intelligence, charm, and grace. Last night we placed an order for this... Her class ring. As the old adage goes, it seems like just yesterday that I ordered my ring and I remember all of the excitement that went with that...wearing the plastic sizing ring until your real ring comes, making a decision that was all mine, picking out just the right stone, inscription, sides etc....and then the day they arrive! The rings are handed out in the cafeteria during lunch. There wasn't too much eating going on that day! Everyone was too busy looking at everyone's ring. What did you get? What did you get? Ooooh so pretty!
My big girl picked that beauty above. She wasn't totally sold on the choice but she had it narrowed down to two. When we got there, they had the actual ring she wanted in her size. The second she tried it on...she was sold! Hers will say Harlem on one side and 2011 on the other side. Inside the ring she had Stephanie Joy engraved. And of course the stone...Amethyst...purple...her favorite color for as long as I can remember! Her ring should be in right around Thanksgiving. Her response was "Great! I can show it to everyone during the holidays!"
It's funny, when she was born we did the math and figured that she would graduate in 2011. Back in 1992 that seemed like a world away and I couldn't even imagine a year starting with 20! Now here it is just a few short years away...and now my big girl will have a keepsake from her high school years :)
What a terrific night! What a terrific memory...