Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Another Granddaughter, Another Graduation
Sarah is my hanai granddaughter. Not a granddaughter by blood, but by love and other connections. Her graduation photos are a stark contrast to Brianna's.
I have to give Sarah credit, though. She graduated. Without a lot of help from home. Through an independent study program through her public high school. With a lot of help and support from teachers. Despite some health issues. Living in a trailer (mobile home has a whole different connotation and does not apply here) on the top of a "hill" in Tuolumne Co. best known for its many residents who live a confirmed fringe lifestyle. Without public transportation within several miles of home, without parents or grandparents to see that she got to school or the library or to work or to sports events or any of the other places teens tend to go. A lifetime welfare kid.
Sarah has a lot of talent for photography, even with a basic point-and-shoot camera. She's been accepted into an online degree program through the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. If she applies her determination and skill and gumption to her photography assignments and classes, she will do well. It's all up to her. Just as it is up to every graduate to take advantage of the opportunities presented, and fly onward.
Hang in there, Sarah. Keep plugging. It's all worth it.
Pray for Sarah. Give thanks for those who, despite what life hands them, succeed. Keep praying...