phase one of training completed

June 5, 2010

It has been an emotional week.

I started off overtired in Ontario and am ending it with a brief stop at home in Alberta. Within the week there have been so many goodbyes!

At the beginning of the week I learned that a friend, classmate and neighbour from my elementary school years had died in a tragic plane crash. Exhaustion meant I wasn’t in a very good place to deal with the news. Add the parallel’s of his death to those of other friends, not being able to reach my folks, and not having anyone to speak of shared experiences with, and it was an extra challenging start to the week.

While many of my classmates were looking forward to grad, I was nowhere close. I never really saw it as being that significant and then I had grief and nervousness about the future to distract me.

Our graduation actually went very well and I was able to live in it and forget about everything else for a little while. We sang songs, showcased our eurythmy and dancing, had beautiful words spoken about us, and recited Rudyard Kipling’s poem If. We did this latter piece in a rather unorthodox fashion using a combination of 5 languages. It was so appropriate for our group though and the words ring so much truth too!

It’s funny… my university grad was 10 years ago, in another “0” year and Rudyard Kipling played a roll in it too. In truth, it’s the iron ring ceremony that Rudyard Kipling’s work was featured in, but having my cousin give me my iron ring was so much more significant than the cap and gown thing for me.

With this year’s grad there were so many poem’s we could have used and since I had nothing to do with the selection I’m finding this coincidence quite remarkable.

Our crew has not been very connected during the year but in the day after grad, through preparing a meal for our regular faculty and reflecting on our graduation and the year behind us, it felt like we came together. All that, just in time to be saying goodbye the next day and heading out in our different directions so soon after.

Yes, it was a tearful and exhausting week. Thank goodness there’s a bright future ahead!



  1. Oh my goodness, L. My heart goes out to you. It’s never an easy time to deal with the death of a friend or loved one. I hope you can move on to the next chapter of your life with ease. xx

  2. It was sad for me to see you go too. But you’re right. We both have so many adventures coming out way.
    Here’s wishing you courage and good fortune!

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