This Is Where I Live

Campolindo, Class of 2017

I am both an orphan and a widow, these are facts, no one can lessen them, or dispute them. And I often feel alone in the world because of it, although I know it’s untrue, and I am never alone.  

My friends and children would never allow that to happen. 

Yet, I had a few dark moments before my daughter graduated from Campolindo High School on Friday night, but that morning, I woke full of hope, and even excitement, to share this day with all of the people who have woven themselves into the fabric of our lives. 

As planned, I had a beautiful dinner with the Wells family, and finally met Grandpa Jack, a former district attorney, and Grandmother Barbara from Blackhawk, California who still drives a convertible Mercedes. And, it was truly an honor to be part of their family for the evening, and I hope to do so again.

My dear friend, Denise and her daughter drove me to graduation, and once there, I knew almost everyone in some way, we live in a small town after all.   

My husband’s three best friends were there too, they comprised his golf foursome, and have been a constant presence in our lives. Even so, I was surprised to see them together, smiling and with flowers, on the field after the ceremony. 

My child radiated happiness and joy, and I felt we were as we’ve always been, embraced and loved by our small town. 

After dinner, I came home to a sleepover with a half dozen 16 year old girls. They had been at a graduation party four doors down, and I sat with them, and listened as they told me about their night. 

Then, my doorbell rang, and it was my neighbor. I had forgotten to pick up my daughter’s memory board, so they brought it home for me. 

This is where I live. There are no words to express how blessed I feel. 

Love and blessings to all. 

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