Recently my daughter Emma and I took a lovely stroll on the campus of University of the Pacific. She had a photo assignment due, and we both agreed the nearby college would be the perfect location to shoot tall trees. We certainly found trees….and a whole lot more. I’m crazy in love with roses (my daughter’s middle name is Rose), and the campus boasts one of the prettiest rose gardens I’ve ever come across. I was trying to spy the resident landscape fella in hopes of getting some tips on rose growing. No luck.
It was a quiet day and the air was warm and soothing. I secretly watched my daughter click her Canon as she looked at ease on this gorgeous campus. My heart fluttered a bit thinking about her starting college soon. She looked as if she fit right in, which suddenly made me want to smile and cry at the same time. It seemed like yesterday I was dropping her off at grade school.
I suppose I’m like most moms and have a myriad of feelings attached to my baby graduating high school. It’s an overwhelming sense of pride mixed with concern, trepidation, excitement, joy, and sadness. Whew, life continues to make us grow whether we’re ready or not. I’m grateful for my faith in the universal plan and for also remembering to trust the journey. I know our job as dedicated parents is to prepare our beloved children for a life of independence….I just didn’t think it would sneak up on me this fast.
Please enjoy the following pics of UOP’s peaceful campus.