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Topic: GRADUATE (08/01/19)
- TITLE: The Dream
By Marlene Custer
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When the year was almost over Lyn was having lunch with Joe. A frown furrowed her brow. “I dread to think you will be graduating in a couple of weeks and won’t be here next year.”
“We will write. And I will visit when I get time off from work,” Joe promised.
When Christmas rolled around Lyn was eager to share her decision with Joe. “I’m transferring to Kent State. I can continue my studies and live at home. And we will be close enough to date.”
The following spring Joe surprised Lyn with a ring. “We can get married and you can continue working toward your degree.”
One year later Lyn prepared a special dinner for Joe. Her eyes sparkled as she announced, “Guess what. I am putting my degree on hold. You are going to be a Daddy!”
Seven years later, after three little girls were settled in bed for the night, Joe sat down next to Lyn. “How do you feel about me making a career change? It would probably delay you finishing your degree.”
“I’m too busy with the girls to think about pursuing college work now. I will help you make a change.”
Fast forward another five years. A career change had been made and another daughter added to the family. Joe took Lyn out to dinner. Concern, mixed with hope, clouded his eyes, “I think a move to Mt. Vernon would put us closer to owning our own business.”
“Let’s go for it! There is a college there with a good teaching program.”
Several months later Joe set the newspaper aside and took Lyn’s hand. “Honey, you are so quiet. Are you upset about something?”
Hot tears stung Lyn’s eyes. “I picked up a catalogue from the college today. I can’t believe how expensive it is. One course costs more than a year of coursework when I first started. I guess graduating is a dream I’ll have to let go.”
Another year passed. Now they were living on the property of the business Joe hoped to buy. However, when Joe joined Lyn for morning coffee one morning she sensed that the news he was about to share was not good.
“This business was just sold to someone that paid much more than we could ever offer. However, if we remain living on the property and work for the new owners we will get a quarterly bonus that could pay for you to go back to school.”
Mixed feelings made it hard for Lyn to think clearly. “I...I don’t want you to give up your dream, Joe. We need to take some time to think this through.”
“Don’t worry about me. You can be working on your degree while I decide what I should do next,” Joe said reassuringly.
Four years later Lyn stood in line, dressed in cap and gown. A classmate excitedly exclaimed, “It took me six years, but I made it!”
Lyn replied with a twinkle in her eye, “Well, it took me twenty-two years! I am proof that it is never too late to graduate!”
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