Noah my grandson, graduated last night from High school with honors. It was such a perfect evening. Not hot at all, a soft breeze and blue skies. The rain held off. This class had about five hundred students graduating. And when they started coming out from behind the trees, I couldn’t see him at first, and Shelley had to point him out to me.

Sayeed my son, who is the School Board President, gave the commencement speech. It was such an eloquent and heartfelt speech. I thank God for my children and their children, how proud they have made me feel time and time again. The entire family was there except for Zain, who goes to bed at about 7:30. so he was at home with the baby sitter. Andrew got tired after an hour or so into the program, so Shelley and he left after Sayeed’s speech.


Sayeed with the superintendent of schools.
It was such a great speech. Every one liked it a lot. He makes such an easy job of it by speaking as if he is talking to the graduates individually.


Here is Noah in line to receive the Diploma. He is one of the students to have been in Honor Society and getting high grades. So proud of him. When he received the diploma, I didn’t get his picture because I had focused my camera on Sayeed to see what he would do. He made me proud and he made me cry.
Even now, as I type this and attach the pictures, I have tears in my eyes. After the ceremony, we all gathered together and took some family pictures.
The brothers! Six more years before Davis graduates from High School.
Uncle and nephew.
Brother and sister. Peas in a pod! Always!

Thank you for reading this. Sorry I went overboard with the pictures, but these are only half of what I actually took. So, you can thank me later for not posting all of them! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚



About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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22 Responses to GRADUATION

  1. slmret says:

    Congratulations to Noah — and to his family! No need to apologize — you have every reason to be proud of them all!

  2. whyzat says:

    I see why you are so proud and happy! You and your husband have done an excellent job of raising a beautiful family.

    • Zakiah says:

      How sweet! I cannot say that we did as much, but Saadia and Dave, the parents were the real back bone in his upbringing and the confidence that he has displayed. I am just grateful to be part of this family.

  3. Congrats to Noah. What a LOVELY family you have. You are are just beautiful. I loved this post..getting a glimpse of the graduation and into your life. You should be proud. I’m proud with you.
    Sayeed must get his way with words from you.
    Love and hugs.

    • Zakiah says:

      Sayeed, I have decided is like my father, an excellent speaker, and very loving. I am proud of the family I belong to. It was a great evening.

  4. jstnotherday says:

    I’m lovin’ that smile that shows up in reader (first photo). πŸ™‚

  5. mrswrangler says:

    Looks like a good time

  6. christao408 says:

    You must be incredibly (and deservedly) proud! Congratulations.

    • Zakiah says:

      Chris, like I told Janet, it was like a personal celebration. It was so wonderful to see Saadi and Dave just beaming, and Sayeed giving the speech… everything just was put together so well it seemed. Thank you, I am indeed proud of my children’s and their children’s accomplishments.

  7. I can sense your pride and happiness in every word. He looks so tall and I remember you writing about him when he was just a very young prince. Congratulations to all of you.

    • Zakiah says:

      Noah is 6’3″. about half an inch taller than his dad! I was beyond happy, Matt. I just keep going back to the pictures and smiling all over again.

  8. marica0701 says:

    Lovely photos! Congratulations to Noah, and I wish him the best in everything in his future! πŸ™‚

  9. (I have joy-tears in my eyes! πŸ™‚ )
    Congrats to Noah! I sense he has a wonderful future ahead of him! πŸ™‚ I wish him all THE best and everything that is good! πŸ™‚
    How very special that his uncle could be the commencement speaker!
    Love seeing all the smiles! πŸ™‚ Your grandma/mom pride and joy is shining bright! I feel that pride and joy with you! πŸ™‚
    Grad-HUGS!!! πŸ™‚
    PS…I still pray for Dave’s health. πŸ™‚

    • Zakiah says:

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I am sure you could feel my happiness. Thank you, for all the kind words and for your prayers for Dave. I am deeply indebted to you. ❀ ❀ ❀

  10. r_hsw says:

    congrats to noah and your entire family. such a joyous occasion.

  11. ruth7933 says:

    Oh how wonderful and congrats to Noah and to the family who raised and influenced him.
    I remember him as a little boy who you talked about back in Xanga days, and now he is graduating.
    He was your little prince. You have a family to be proud of.

    • Zakiah says:

      Yes, I cannot believe how tall he is, and what a fine young man he has become by God’s grace. Time has really flown by. Just yesterday I was bragging about him on Xanga it seems, and used to carry him in my lap. Now he lifts me up with such ease! πŸ™‚

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