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The Legend of the Stole of Gratitude

If you haven’t heard have you been under a rock?  LOL!! … My baby girl graduated college on Friday from Winston Salem State University with Honors!  After the ceremony, she gave her father and myself the greatest gift that we have received (since we experienced her birth and the birth of her sister).  She gave us the Stole of Gratitude.  I had never heard of the Stole of Gratitude….

The backstory begins on Mother’s Day.  She had a really tough senior year and she had just finished all her finals.  She called and wished me a Happy Mother’s Day!  She also told me that she had a gift for me and she thought that it was going to make me cry, but she wasn’t sure??  Now that’s an interesting statement to make to your mom, but needless to say, I had NO idea what she was talking about.

Now we are at Graduation Day!  The ceremony begins and before the Invocation was over, I was in tears.  The Reverend was saying that we should really look back and see just HOW FAR GOD has brought us from… and the flood gates opened.  I regained my composure and made it through the remainder of the ceremony and then my daughter gave me the Stole of Gratitude.

First she gave me this rather ordinary looking card and this is what it said:

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Every graduate has had a special person who, through moral or financial support, made a big difference in his or her life.  The Stole of Gratitude offers an opportunity to say, “Thanks for helping me make it through, thanks for making it possible for me to succeed.  

After the ceremony, the new graduate presents the Stole of Gratitude to someone who provided extraordinary support or who has helped with wisdom, words of encouragement, or financial assistance.  Immediately after graduation, the graduate may take the stole from around his/her neck and place it around the neck of the recipient.  If more than one stole is worn during the commencement, they symbolize mulitple persons will receive the Stole of Gratitude…..  

The Stole of Gratitude is a lasting symbol of love, appreciation, and academic accomplishment!

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Just typing this, makes me want to cry all over again.  There are NO words to describe how proud I am of both my daughters and how grateful I am that God has blessed me with them….

Congratulations My!!  I love you soooooo much!



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