Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Graduation



Eighteen years ago I was with my college friend as she was in the middle of labor. As fate would have it, everyone in her very large (10 kids) Italian family got hit with the flu and were not allowed into the birthing room. I got to be there when Olivia was born. Last month, I got to photograph her and friends getting ready for the Prom. This past weekend, she graduated.

After the outdoor ceremony (it was so humid, you felt like you were eating the air) we headed out to lunch at the same oceanside restaurant that Olivia's parents had had their wedding reception years before. There were 16 of us ranging in age from 13 months to 86 years. The kids even got to watch a family of three dolphins playing in the waves outside the window for about five minutes.

I am so very thankful for the gift of this family... they have been a constant in my life for over 30 years.

Check out more B+W pics over at Lisa's blog

the long road

10 comments:

Kayce said...

A friendship like that is so special and will last forever and ever! Beautiful pictures of a very special day!

Terri said...

What great pictures and what great friends you have!
I also wanted to say "hi" and that I'll be meeting you at Lisa's workshop. I cant wait for it all to happen!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

fleur de lis cottage said...

What a great long friendship and beautiful images to go with it! Love these!!

Love Letters To China said...

What a wonderful friendship you have shared for so many years. You truly captured such amazing memories for many more years to come.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

What a wonderful bond and special friendship..... It looks like you all had a great time celebrating Olivia's big day. You captured the joyous occasion perfectly!!

SO VERY EXCITED to meet you and all the other ladies in a few weeks!! I know this is a big deal for you to have a weekend away....I am just thrilled that it all worked out....HOORAY!!


Lisa

Life with Kaishon said...

What a beautiful family. Isn't it wonderful when we have people like that in our lives? Such a blessing.

Donna said...

What a wonderful gathering! And your friend's daughter is oh so beautiful.

Can't wait to meet you in seven weeks! :)

Donna
Our Blog: Double Happiness!

Wanda said...

Awhhh...that warms my heart. How great to be able to have that kind of history with this family.

Seven weeks Chica....7 weeks!
:)

Mei Mei s and Mayhem said...

Friends and extended family like that are very special. Looked like a great get together and great B&W's!!

Kathryn said...

BEAUTIFUL pictures. I just love black/white shots, and it is so fun looking at them. You take gorgeous pictures...I'll be back!

Kathryn