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Feeling “Sappy”

My little girl graduated from high school this weekend.

Emotions are strange. It’s odd how you can be happy and sad at the same time. What would that dual happy/sad emotion be called, “Sappy?” As she joyfully grabbed her diploma and exited the stage, that’s how I felt, “sappy.”

As I sat there wondering how so many yesterdays had suddenly caught up and were passing me by, a handful of memories flashed through my mind. The first was when she was barely five years old and broke her collar bone while visiting grandparents. It was the age before cell phones so my wife couldn’t call me and warn me so I didn’t know until she walked off the plane and ran into my arms crying, “I hurt myself, Daddy.” I couldn’t pick her up and hug her because it hurt her too much.

I remembered teaching her how to ride a bike and discovering just how stubborn and determined my little girl could be. She left an ugly trail of skin and blood down the street with all her failed attempts, but despite my pleading to try again another day, she wouldn’t quit until she had figured it out. Her scars healed. Mine remain.

I remembered learning the first time she had a boyfriend. I had no idea who the creep was, but despised him instantly. I remembered how she lit up the stage with her school choir concerts. There must have been dozens of other girls on the stage, but somehow, I only recall one. I remembered her first prom and how my little girl had somehow transformed into a beautiful young lady in high heels and make up. My heart sank when the jaws of her date (another creep) fell open in awe as he saw the glamorous girl waiting for him.

I was joyfully brought back to the present when my daughter’s name was announced as the recipient of a special scholarship award for embodying the qualities the school looked for in student-athletes. Then I immediately felt “sappy” again as I realized how much I would miss attending her games.

When the diplomas had all been handed out and the caps flung into the air, I found her laughing and even crying a bit with her family and classmates. She came up to me ready for a hug and kiss. “Are you proud of me, Daddy?” she asked as we hugged.

“More than you’ll ever know,” I somehow managed to say in a voice that didn’t sound like mine. I’ve never been quite so…”sappy.”

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21 thoughts on “Feeling “Sappy”

  1. Diana Howie on said:

    Dear Ed,
    You only think high school grad. makes you “sappy” — just wait till it’s college and then weddings!!! Since I’ve just had 3 in just over a year, I have the right to say it’s TRIPLE SAPPY!!! (I love that word!)
    You all are special…and you will survive and so will she. Just keep on praying!!
    Lots of love, Diana (& Homer Lee)

  2. Your brother, Dan on said:

    Yep, you’re sappy! Pull yourself togehter, man!

  3. FRAN on said:

    If all fathers could give to their children as you have shared.
    Blessed daughter – sappy great dad
    ENJOY !
    She sounds lovely.

    Blessings
    Fran

  4. David Groom on said:

    Hi Ed,
    My daughter is just graduating her junior year of high school. i can relate so well, it seems like only a couple of months ago that I was holding her against my chest with one hand, bending over to hold her hand while walking though a parking lot. Her mother went home to be with the Lord eleven years ago so i guess I will be feeling double Sappy, I love the word too.

    With the Love only the Lord can provide Brother,
    David

  5. Ed,
    Your ability to transform events and occasions into stories that tug at everyone’s heartstrings is amazing!
    Wanda

  6. Scott Berg on said:

    Ed,

    I will be sappy again and again and again. My third child is graduating. My first granddaughter is being Baptized. My son graduated from MP Basic training and AIT. The list goes on. I am feeling sappy just thinking about it.

    Thank you for your insights

    Scott

  7. Bob Krogstad on said:

    Gosh, you’re an OLD sap!!
    (But sure a nice one.)

    –Bob

  8. Pat Place on said:

    ED, THAT WAS SO GOOD…RELIVED ALL OUR KIDS GRADUATIONS AS I READ…DON’T KNOW HOW TO COMMENT ON YOUR PAGE OR BLOG,BUT JUST TO WARN YOU….GET READY…FIRST COMES LOVE,THEN COMES MARRIAGE ,THEN COMES A BABY CARRIAGE AND BEFORE YOU CAN BLINK YOU WILL BE A GRANDPA…..HA HA HA SO NICE HEARING FROM YOU. ARE YOU PERFORMING ANYWHERE IN THE HOME AREA? LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE. HI AND LOVE TO YOUR FOLKS. PAT PLACE

  9. Mal Bicker on said:

    Great blog, Ed. I know the feeling. That word sappy (sad and happy) says it all, doesn’t it.

    We continue to pray for LOGOI.

    I met my wife through your Uncle Allen. Go to http://www.alamedabiblechurch.com
    Then to HIDDEN TREASURES, Then to MY TESTIMONY for the story.
    We’ve been married 53 years and I’ve been pastoring since 1956. Still at it full time here in Albuqeurque.

  10. Yenise Fernandez on said:

    Dearest Eduardo,

    A great blog entry from a great dad! You concisely put into words what we all feel as parents!

    BM and kiss your better half for me!

    Yenise~

    I am going to steal your word “sappy” and claim I coined it!

  11. Oscar on said:

    Ed when “my girl”, (remember the song?), went through, high school, college and then got married, I experienced been Sappy, just could not find the word.. thanks for coining it…. as for you… yep, College and Marriage will do that one on you..! Hang in there my friend, you have been blessed with quite a beutiful young lady, both inside and out… so enlarge your memory bank…

  12. Fran Howland on said:

    Memories! How great they are. Mine now include graduations from high schools, colleges, marriages, grands,and now great grands! And as for my memory of you, I think of you at the Key Biscayne church when you were about 4, joining your brothers and dad singing without being asked. And from then on, YOU were a part of their act. How sad yet glad our memories are. Hang in there. There’s lots more “Sappy’s” to come.

  13. Betty McNeely on said:

    Ed, your “sap” is just beginning to flow!

    Enjoy the past, present and future flow. You will never get too old to be “sappy!”

  14. Arlene Weyrick on said:

    Ed, Love the new word “sappy”. Never had that feeling as my daughter quit school at age 16 but did feel that way when she got married, and when my oldest grandaughter graduated. You should try to get it put in Webster’s dictionary. I thoroughly enjoy your blogs. Keep them coming. Are you still playing locally in South Dade, if so where? Gods blessing on you and your family. Arlene

  15. Carol D. Thompson of Naples on said:

    Funny, how time passes. The first time I ever saw you and your brothers sing, you were just a little thing singing as a family at our church. How can you have children who are old enough to graduate from high school? Blessings to you all.

  16. Your mom on said:

    Well, my son, this is a great way to share another one of your talents and I’m very proud…and sappy. See how many of us like to read what you write? Told you!
    Love from your sappy Mom — and you know, of course, that your Dad is even worse!

  17. Bonnie Indgin on said:

    Boy, if this gets to you, just wait until the wedding march and you are waiting to escort her down the aisle, or the first smile on the grandbaby’s face! So many wonderful “sappy” moments to go. They are blessings indeed. Enjoy!

  18. Earl Chantlos on said:

    Hey Ed,

    What a blessing to share your very special family this way. What an added blessing it has been for Peggy and I to watch Abby “grow up” these past four years and see your continued pride and joy in her as well as Matt and David.
    Since I don’t have a daughter….I can’t say I experienced any sadness in the graduation of our two sons. I was just thankful they made it in “one piece”!!!! Blessing to you and Jenn for an outstanding job with all three children.

    Earl

  19. Ed,

    After reading your blog, I think I will keep my daughter right where she is – 4 years old! Old enough to say “I love you daddy!” but no boyfriends! Add to that, she still thinks I’m cool!

    Have you ever heard of a song called “Butterfly Kisses”? 😉

    Hope you are doing well!

  20. Joe Linn on said:

    Ed

    A GREAT article. It brought back memories of being sappy, especially when Melody married Tim, and finally moved out of the house. Very “sappy”.

    Joe

  21. Aunt Margaret on said:

    Yes Ed, Another milestone! Abby will be off to college and you and Jen will be visiting as much as possible. Sappy people are like that. Can’t wait to see what happens!

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