I graduated from the Far Eastern University, where I finished Bachelor of Science in Psychology, in October 1997. I did not attend the graduation ceremony. First, I did not find it very important at the time. Second, I did not have enough money for the graduation fee, toga, graduation picture, college ring and year book. I was simply too poor.
After 18 years, my daughter Candid graduated from the same school. We did everything so she could come to the commencement exercises. It was a simple thing for a cum laude to ask. Besides, I wanted her to know what I, myself, did not have a chance to find out, how it feels to graduate.
As I sat there watching, I finally realized how great it was; how happy the graduates were and how happier the parents were. It was overwhelming. All in all, it was a beautiful and wonderful experience for me.
However, I still do not feel regretful for missing my own graduation. After all, it is not the graduation, but what you do after graduation that is MORE important.
My sincerest and love-filled congratulations, anak! There is just one thing I want you to remember for the rest of your life.. No matter where you go, no matter what you do, no matter who you become, always, ALWAYS, keep your feet on the ground.
Lab ka ni Mama…