Tomorrow Lessa will be graduating with a double AA degree from Palomar college’s fire program. I cannot tell you how proud we all are of her and for her.
She did life her way. For many years. Her long journey ended her in a battered women’s shelter and sober house. It’s amazing she survived. This addict, alcoholic, mother of five fought her way from homelessness, addictions, and the horrors of PTSD to a wonderful place in the world. At fifty, she is starting a truly brave new life.
Tomorrow I will bring a box of Kleenex to wipe my teary eyes as she takes a diploma from the giant jaws of defeat and death. Even her father, never much a part of the kids life and now dying of pancreatic cancer, has driven out with his wife from Arizona. You bet her crowd of friends will all have cameras in hand and words of love and praise for this wondrous journey she has begun.