Even though it was very rainy today, it was a sunshiny day for us! My Wesley graduated from the Criminal Justice Academy today. He’s been working as a Correctional Officer at our regional jail for almost a year, and spent the last 10-11 weeks at the academy. It was tough, but he did it. He made a lot of great friends who know how difficult it is to do this job. (Be prepared for some “Mom Bragging” here!)
When we talked about the ceremony last night, Wesley mentioned that he had several second places, but didn’t think he’d be getting any awards. Hey – just graduating is an award, I think, and I made sure he knew we were proud no matter what. I also made sure he knew that I was going to cry. A lot.
And, yes, I did. First, I cried when I saw Wes before the ceremony. He’s very handsome, but in uniform? What mother wouldn’t be proud? The class marched in – and I teared up a bit more. Then we said the Pledge of Allegiance. Well, that always makes me cry.
They had speakers and recognitions, and then came the awards. Miss Amelia went to sleep in her mommy’s arms during this part, and looked so sweet. I was glad she slept, because she and this little boy kept eyeing each other. (I had to give him the “I’m watching you!” sign.) When the audience applauded, she startled, looked around like, “What’s going on?” – and then settled down to sleep again. She didn’t make a whimper. I was amazed at that little girl. Just about the time she got back to sleep, the applause started again, and the process repeated – again without a whimper. After the third or fourth time, she gave up and just stayed awake.
As Wesley had thought, he got second place in the academic part and second in the physical/firearms section. Then they gave the award for the best overall achievement – and it went to my Wesley! I was so proud, and, of course, I cried.
Finally, the last award was in honor of a local police officer who was killed in the line of duty – the Timbrook Top Performance Achievement award. All of the different local academies give this award at the graduations, and it’s decided by a vote from the academy members, the instructors, and the staff. Wesley was sure his friend would get it, so we were all surprised – and pleased – when it was given to Wes. Needless to say, Mike & I both were teary-eyed.
We took lots of pictures and got lots of hugs. I am so proud of both my boys – and of all the men and women who graduated today. It was a lot of work and a long three months.
So my sunshine card is one that we’ll be making at club this month. I used the Feel Goods stamp set with Yellow Citrus chalk ink on Chalkboard Paper for the sentiment. I just felt like it needed the sun behind it, so I sponged Daffodil Delight ink with the sun stencil that comes with the Hooray, It’s Your Day! kit. This was definitely Wesley’s Day!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy – and for indulging me in my bragging! Have a sunshiny day!