I remember it like it was yesterday, the cap and gown, the pomp and circumstance, the joys of graduation. “Getting out” is what they gingerly call it at Georgia Tech. I remember sitting in the crowd of graduates and experiencing what felt like the first breath during a very long race. It was in that moment that I was able to reflect on my years spent at Tech. The countless hours in class, the many all-nighters, the never ending feeling of mental and physical exhaustion, the projects, the presentations, the friendships made, the lessons learned. It was a very bittersweet to say the least.
I enjoy attending graduations, giving a nod to others that have taken the same challenging path. The rush of emotions still overwhelm me, especially the music. The sound of ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ even makes us non-mamas tear up.
This past weekend my cousin, Taylor, graduated from Emory University. Seeing him in his cap and gown made me so proud. To this day when I look at him I see the same sweet little boy me and my sister would play with (and often aggravate) for hours on end. He has had such very special place in my life. Such a beautiful person on the inside and out. So tender hearted and always in search of truth and knowledge in any situation.
In celebration of his graduation, we decided to host a little “Sweet Tooth Shindig”. The idea was very spur of the moment, but it couldn’t have turned out any cuter. I made fruit kabobs and some pretty amazing fruit dip, Mr. Blue Eyed Yonder made a to-die-for lime mousse and lemon velvet tart and Mom picked up a heavenly chocolate layer cake and brownie bites from Harry’s Farmers Market. It also happened to be my lucky day, the Farmer’s Market had beautiful pink peonies. I just had to grab a couple of bunches. They made the most adorable little arrangements in random little vintage containers I had lying around the house.
Photos by: Katie Hollingsworth
We owe a super huge thanks to my darling sisters who gladly helped out with many of the decorative touches and to my mom who helped arrange the cutest dessert table that has ever graced my back patio. You guys are the best!
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