The sponsors of the YA Indie Carnival are sharing scenes of graduations or last days of school. Since none of my books or their scenes meet this criterion, I thought I would talk about the graduation drama wreaking havoc on my house as we speak. If you don't want to read about a mother who is absolutely positively proud of her daughter and her accomplishments, you probably don't want to go any further.
As a rule of thumb, people have to do amazing and spectacular things for me to consider them my idol or for me to label them as a role model. My daughter has moved into that category and not just because of our relationship. Instead, it is because of all the amazing things she has accomplished, the wonderful person she has become, and the phenomenal person she is striving to be.
Her dual graduation (from high school and junior college) has forced me to sit back, analyze, and respect what she's done. I'm in awe of the way she has set goals for herself and followed through with every one of them with dignity and grace. She planned to graduate high school with an associate's degree, and she did it, graduating with highest honors. Lest anyone thinks everything comes easy to her, I want to say that my husband and I have watched her sacrifice almost every ounce of her teenage social life in order to achieve this goal.
Making what she's done even more amazing, she's worked or volunteered throughout most of her high school/college years. Last year, she held down two jobs (Schlitterbahn as a lifeguard and Hooters as a hostess/waitress) and volunteered at Moody Gardens as a guide for tourists and assistant to the animal keepers. In fact, it is not uncommon for her to come home at 2:00 a.m. and hop back up at 6:30 a.m. to get ready to go to her classes.
As a nurse who has worked with countless residents/doctors, I have a very basic understanding of how difficult their school/residency is and how sleep deprivation is a way of life. Loving my daughter completely, I worry about the path she's chosen. She wants to be a physician - alternating between pediatrician and cardiothoracic surgeon - and I've tried to make sure she understands what that career choice means. Her training will be hard unlike anything she's ever done, and she will be asked to do lots of things that are anything but glamorous. In actuality, I began writing Warriors of the Cross to help her begin to understand what a career in health care means, and how many people it takes to provide great care to people who are most often completely helpless at the time they present. My purpose was for her to see that a job in health care can be rewarding, frustrating, and heartbreaking - periodically all at the same time - and it is not for the faint of heart.
After watching her dedication and commitment toward her audacious goals for the last two years, I'm confident she has what it takes to be anything she wants to be...including the best cardiothoracic surgeons in the country (if that's what she puts her mind to). As her mother, I can say I'm proud of her. As a nurse, I will be happy to welcome her and her compassion into the folds of our community. The patients she ends up caring for will be fortunate to have someone like her as an advocate for them and their lives.
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