I have a fiancé, son and daughter. I love and cherish them.
A house on the side of a mountain in Vermont would be nice, and traveling the world sounds dreamy. But I do not need these things and I will not be a failure if they never happen.
I learned that my dreams were realized when Darby and Samuel were born and Erica smiled under a sharp nose and happy eyes the first time she drove across the ferry. Every time I encounter a human being and our hearts smile, another dream comes true.
I would tell graduates nothing is more vital than human connections, because that’s where true magic happens and the world is healed.
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