Sunday, May 31, 2009

One of Those Rare, Happily Melancholic Occasions

Some parties are over too soon, no matter how late into the night they go. This was one of them. Family, old friends, and a niece leaving her school years behind to head out into the world.

We gathered to celebrate Courtney's graduation, and enjoyed the fellowship of family and friends that we see all too seldom. A warm, perfect afternoon late in May, deepened into a comfortable evening under the stars and the hung lights of the awning. It finished with the young members of the next generation of graduates shrieking and chasing each other with glowsticks though the sultry nighttime backyard.

It was good to see so many people I care for, and a disheartening reminder of how seldom we meet when I see how much they change every time we are together. The children grow up so fast it's hard to keep up. It seems like only yesterday that our guest of honor was one of those little kids scampering through shadows, on a late summers evening in parties of yore. It reminds me to treasure the time we have with them, for these days are fleeting.

And the rest of us just seem to be grayer versions of before, with some of us a tad wider to boot. But it was fun. It was good. And I wish it could have gone on for a lot longer than it did.

Good luck, Courtney. May you find the world an adventure worthy of your talents,

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't have put it better, brother-in-law. The whole evening was awesome - and over way too soon.