|A hug for the graduate. (And when did I get so short?)|
|Katie in the apartment she shared with her cousin Pierre in 2005-2006|
|Katie in the prom dress that she designed,|
and which I sewed and beaded.
|This picture is a self-portrait done on her scanner-printer.|
It is so evocative of her mood that year.
After the rest of us moved back to Ottawa in 2010, Katie was finally ready to give university another shot. She was accepted as a probationary student and took a single course. She worked her butt off and aced that course -- and most of her courses since then. She won scholarships. She also worked part-time for most of those semesters.
I'm especially proud of how she advocated for herself. She worked with the student counselling and health services to document her anxiety disorder and have minor accommodations made. (There were times when she was so paralyzed by anxiety that, even standing outside the classroom, she could not open the door. In classes where attendance was part of the grade, this penalized her.)
|Katie with her love.|
She was happy.
|Katie and her friend Sarah, who graduated with her Master's degree.|
She is strong. She is smart. She is kind. She has always been those things, but I think she is finally coming to believe them. And we could not be more proud of her.
|Part of the proud family.|