Graduation Day {Flashback Friday}

November 16, 2012


In celebration of my Mum starting to read my blog I thought I would do a little Flashback Friday post about her and a very special day earlier this year, her Graduation Day. This summer, after two years of studying as well as working full time, she graduated with a Certificate in Education. My mum left school at sixteen and went straight to work; she would have loved to have carried on with her education but it wasn’t the done thing for many at that time. She married, had children and did whatever jobs fit around family life. She was at home with me and my brother and found jobs that she could either do from home or that she could work in of an evening. It’s only since we have grown up that she has found a love of education and has worked very hard to pursue it and get the qualifications needed which will hopefully lead to lots of exciting opportunities in the future.

On a lovely July day myself, my brother and my Nana proudly watched her don a cap and gown, receive her certificate then throw her cap in the air. My mum was there for both our graduations so it was pretty exciting to be there for hers. We now have a very snazzy graduation picture of her to add to our collection!

As a stay at home mum she is such an inspiration to me; even though I have put my career on hold I know that I will never be too old to learn new things and start out on a new career path. I hope I will can be as determined as she has been and that I will be brave enough to try something new. She has achieved so much already but I know that the best is yet to come and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that one day she will be doing something she truly loves because she deserves it.

Mum Graduation

I’m linking this up to Mummy Mishaps and Real Housewife of Suffolk Country.


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  • Vicki

    Lovely post Hayley! Your mum is an inspiration to us all. I agree that you’re never too old to follow a new path or change direction in life. I always try and tell myself that & often wonder what I will do in the future.

    November 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      I know, it can be a bit scary looking at what the future holds but my mum has great plans so I know there is hope for us all!

      November 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm Reply
  • Jenny Paulin

    awww what a lovely post about your clever mummy!! my Nanny did a similar thing while my mum and uncle were young and she got herself a degree . and when she retired she went on a computer course to learn about them!! and passed! just proves that you are never too old.
    she is very pretty too
    thank you for linking up x

    November 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      It gives me hope that one day I can return to the working/learning world! I love that your Nanny did a computer course…we may be doing that when technology passes us by and our kids are telling us how to work things 🙂 xx

      November 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm Reply
  • Emma Martin

    Lovely post for your Mum, well done to her!

    November 18, 2012 at 5:54 am Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      Thank you, think she is a little bit pleased with this post 🙂

      November 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm Reply
  • Lauren

    So sorry, I missed this post.
    This is such a lovely post. Your mum is amazing.
    It really must have been such a proud day for you all. xx

    November 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm Reply
  • Hayley Smith

    Thanks Lauren, we are really proud of her! A pretty special day being able to see your own mum in a cap and gown xx

    November 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm Reply
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