What a glorious day! My 88-year old grandpa received his high school diploma during church this morning. When he was a teenager, Grandpa left high school to work on the family dairy farm and later was drafted to serve in World War II. He has spent his life on that farm, working so hard, raising his family, carrying on his German heritage and sharing his love for God (in the same church that most of my family still attends so many years later.)
My dear dad (that's him up there at the podium) has been working for months to gather paperwork and obtain his diploma because Grandpa had told my dad and his 4 brothers a few times over the years, "I sure wish I'd have gotten my high school diploma."
It was a complete surprise for Grandpa this morning...and he beamed from ear to ear. After the service, he jokingly said that maybe he could get a good job now. Love you, Grandpa Pearl!