My daughter is graduating from college this weekend. She said she didn't care if she actually walked in the ceremony or not, but I felt it was important. She has spent almost 4 years working toward her degree, and I feel like she needs to celebrate that fact. I'm taking my kids out of school for this. I really want them to see her graduate, and learn from her example. I want them to know that we feel this is an important accomplishment.
My daughter has also been preparing her papers to apply to serve a mission for our church. I think she will always be glad she did this. I know I have always been happy that I served a mission. It has truly been a "loving remembrance" for me. What a great opportunity to be an ambassador for the Lord. What a great opportunity to focus her entire life for 18 months on the spiritual. Women serve for 18 months only, whereas the young men serve 24 months. Of course we are curious as to where she might be called. She isn't fond of the cold, so I hope it's someplace warm. :)