With their arms wrapped around each other’s shoulders, the duo smiled. Every picture, every moment, the two formed an undividable pact. Once their parents married and their families merged, Cameron and Sierra stuck close to one another like two peas in a pod. The two were more than step-siblings; they were best buds, and more than once, as kids, the pair told others that they were twins.
From grade school to high school, these two laughed together, made plans together, and were generally a mischievous whirlwind of fun and laughter. This gramma enjoyed watching this duo as they formed such a wondrous bond.
Over the years, their childhood adventures grew to thoughts of when they would leave the nest. At one time, they even contemplated taking a year off after graduation, so they could explore the world together. Those thoughts and plans always seemed so far away into the future, and I never realized how quickly those moments would surge forward and finally come to pass.
This year my babies graduate high school. My daughter, Leslie, loses two more students as her homeschool numbers now drop to four. Sierra and Cam finished their high school years with friendships formed through a combination of homeschool and high school activities. They played sports, joined clubs, took classes, and made memories that will last a lifetime.
In the fall, Cameron will head to WyoTech in Laramie, Wyoming, and follow his goal of becoming a diesel mechanic. My oldest granddaughter will head to Fort Collins, attend Colorado State University, and strive for her dream of becoming a surgeon. My heart swells with pride as I watch my grandkids take their first steps into new adventures filled with promise and hope.
Congratulations to my Class of 2020 graduates!