|Banks County Opinions...||
MAY 28, 2003
By: Angela Gary
I was there on the first day of school this year, her senior year. She didnt know I was coming but I left home early and got there in time to get a photograph of her leaving for the big day. I took her the first graduation gift she would geta stuffed animal wearing a graduation cap.
I was there for other special events during this important yearband concerts, parent night, school dress-up days, prom night and other activities. I snapped hundreds of photographs of these momentous occasions.
I dont think she even noticed anymore as I captured her senior year on film.
I have worked at The Jackson Herald for 18 years with Sharon Hogan, a wonderful lady who is like a mom or older sister to me. She has been there for the laughter and tears over the years, as has her daughter and husband. Im really an unofficial member of their family.
As Kelli graduated from Jackson County Comprehensive High School Friday night, the memories of the past year and the past 18 years were flowing. English papers, boy troubles, marching band and more. A trip to the mountain when she was just a small tot. A beach trip a few years ago.
Dressing up for Halloween each year and giving out candy to the children who come by the office. Weve shared a lot and I treasure those memories. Kelli is an only child, but she refers to me as her big sister, and Im thankful for that.
I put together a scrapbook of Kellis senior year and presented it to her Friday night after graduation. It opens with a page on that first day of school and includes snapshots from school dances, holidays, an outing to Hurricane Shoals and a Toby Keith concert in Atlanta.
As country star Alan Jackson wrote in Daddy Gene, I hope this provides memories that Kelli will store away and treasure as the years go by. Alan sums it up best with : Maybe one day theyll reach back in their file and pull out an old memory and think of me and smile...
I hope Kelli and I have many more memories to treasure as she enters this new phase of her life.
My advice to her is a Bible scripture that has kept me strong throughout my life. It is my favorite verse and I think of it often.
I hope she will use it to guide her life. Philipians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Angela Gary is associate editor of The Jackson Herald and editor of The Banks County News.
By: Adam Fouche
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