I woke up this morning excited , put on my new frock and waited for the taxi to meet Sam and Sue my sister at the Graduation Hall at Queen Mary’s . Sadly the taxi driver couldn’t read my English on the iPad and only understood Queen Mary’s and took me the hospital !!! . I only had 15 minutes to be there so I panicked outrageously . It is impossible to see the iPad in the sun so I had to dive in the shadows of doors to type my request of “can you tell me where the Queen Mary’s Hall is ?”
i did manage to find someone who gave me the right direction and when I arrived I was overwhelmed as Sam looked so smart in his gown and mortar . I told myself ‘no tears today’ so I held all feelings tightly inside. We entered the hall and had the best seats right at the front. The whole thing reminded me of the days when I used to join the procession for my students when they got their degrees and felt sad that that was another loss . I loved celebrating with the students for the success but Sam was the star today and he was the focus.
When he left the hall Sam led us through the crowds of celebrating families to the enormous queue for official photographs with my lop sided smile.I missed Tim at that stage as he would have loved to be there to rejoice in his son’s success, most students were with both parents but at least he had me for this occasion. I just hope when he graduates he will have someone to be proud of him like I was today. We then went for a meal in Broadway , by then I was totally exhausted emotionally and physically and when I got back to my friends house I just fell sound asleep.
I was so proud of my son today , he has had such a hard year, and has been up and down between Manchester to London , so much and juggling between his study, dissertations a new relationship and his mum’s illness but still achieved a 2. 1 . I am so proud that Sam has grasped the beauty of education as one of the speakers stated in the proceedings as Mandala said – “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” It is so sad that some children don’t realise how lucky they are to receive free and easy education , a privilege of the western world . I too wish I had appreciated education before I was 16 yrs … I missed so many years of valuable education . In my later years I loved learning about the world , learning to me is like food, I was hungry for it. I loved knowing about everything from art history , languages , clinical interventions, research methodology , philosophy and politics . Now things have changed but I am still wanting to learn about Buddhism and spirituality , gardening, art techniques and photography. If I had more years I would carry on and take courses just for pleasure as when you have knowledge about this world it is possible to understand and get so much more from experiences. I got so much delight in sharing knowledge with others and mostly Sam and Joe who were so inquisitive. They have taught me to be inquisitive to always ask why and not just accept the world the way it is . Just for a day make a list of all things you don’t understand and google it when you get home and get the pleasure of eating the food of knowledge .