Today is the day we celebrate Kaley's graduation from Illinois State University.
Kaley was an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and served as President for two semesters, so I departed from the bold colors used in this collection to include ZTA's colors on a few cookies.
Since teaching is Kaley's chosen profession, her collection included various designs to honor her new career.
As I baked and decorated this set of cookies, I realized that Kaley and I have a few things in common. By the age of twenty-one we both graduated from college, had full time teaching positions, and were enrolled in graduate school. Hopefully, Kaley will find her career as rewarding as I did during my thirty-six years in the classroom.
No doubt about it, Kaley earns high marks from me.
Forty-five years ago today, my wonderful sister, Rita, married her high school sweetheart. At a young age they endured the challenge of separation due to Bill's tour of duty in Vietnam, but love letters kept them connected and they married shortly after Bill's return.
It was a beautiful, sunny, day and the scent of Crabapple trees filled the air as Rita and her wedding party walked the short distance to the church.
As I packaged the cookies, a leaf fell off the daisy on the wedding cake and it made me think of the days when little girls sat and picked the petals off the daisies and recited, "he loves, me he loves me not."
No doubt in this relationship, she loves and he loves.From sweethearts . . . to parents. . . to grandparents. . . love endures.