I was overjoyed to travel to Oxford, Ohio to watch and celebrate with my daughter as she graduated from Miami University with her Bachelor of Social Work. Tiffany has worked hard toward this degree for many years, being delayed many times due to life circumstance. The ups and downs, the joys and setbacks, the victories and frustrations of being the wife of an Iraqi wounded warrior took their toll. But she dug in, refused to give up, gave it all she had, and she did it!!
Miami University is no slouch school - known for its academic excellence - and she managed to graduate Cume Laude!
While working part time on top of everything else.
Tiffany began in the Farmer Business College as a business major, but as time went by, as she and her wounded warrior husband experienced the frustrating, greatly lacking medical resources and care available to our veterans, she changed her major to Social Work, with a minor in business. She plans to work with the Veteran's Administration, serving and giving care to our country's valiant heroes who desperately need much additional help. She will begin grad school this fall as she also volunteers, and eventually plans to obtain her PhD in social work, going into research, to help evaluate and create the right resources for the care and healing of our Wounded Warriors.
Through the years, Tiffany saw and experienced the neglect of our Military heroes, saw and experienced the need for better resources and better care. She saw the need for change - and is putting herself in place to be the change. As many students do for graduation, she decorated the top of her cap with a personal statement or message.
For Tiffany it is: "Be the Change You Wish to See."
As I reflect upon my week with Tiffany, my sweet, caring, amazing daughter, I am inspired. I am rejuvenated and stoked to go out and "be the change" somewhere, somehow; to make a difference, in whatever way I can.
After all, if we are not willing to do/be something, no matter how big or small, to make a difference, then how will any change ever occur?
What change do you wish to see? What can you do to make a difference?
What can you do to be that change?
Thank you, Tiffany, my greatest blessing, for showing your Mommy how to do something amazingly right.
I love you forever <3