A few days before graduation in a bustling, hectic city brings excitement and quality time with two great traveling companions. You would think that completing a transitional doctorate of physical therapy program would bring me insight on how to navigate technologically through the city of Washington, D.C. However, if it weren't for these two daughters of mine, I would be lost somewhere between the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.
Yes, each of us has our own smartphone, and apparently my smartphone is much smarter than I (not to mention my kids' ability to show me what I don't know about my own phone). At the moment when I realize that I'm only steps away from the White House and my hotel, I find my kids talking to protestors and sharing their own thoughts with others about freedom of speech and living in the "Land of the Free." This is truly the trip of a lifetime, where not only do I get to experience my own graduation, but also get to see two highly independent daughters develop into something bigger than I ever expected.
This is just what I had prayed and hoped for, to prepare for receiving my DPT and serving as a role model for two daughters who look up to a strong, educated parent, not to mention sharing what I've learned and the need for further research in our field. In the meantime, we'll enjoy our stay together away from home, and create memories that will finish with a hooding ceremony on Friday afternoon.
With two traveling companions equipped with GPS technology, we will make it to Winchester, Va., by Wednesday afternoon to prepare for Friday's event, joined by family and friends.