We're in Christchurch, and later today our heart will swell with pride when our Darling Daughter graduates from the University of Canterbury.
Today is the culmination of four years of hard work for our DD. She completed her Bachelors degree last year, and today marks the conclusion of a successful year of post-graduate study. When she came to Christchurch in 2009, living away from home for the first time, she had no idea of what lay ahead. The earthquakes of September 2010 and February 2011 changed everything, and she's certainly had a far more varied and challenging student experience than young people at other institutions; online learning, lectures in tents, compressed semesters and more have all been endured and conquered.
Tonight we'll celebrate with a pleasant meal. Our first-born is able to make it to Christchurch as well, so the whanau will be together; a rare event in recent years. And celebrate we shall; our Darling Daughter has worked hard, and her academic success is a product of that hard work. Her work ethic and potential have been recognised by the firm which has offered her a job in the New Year.
So forgive us for a day when blogging might be down the list of life's priorities. Instead it's a day when a young woman's single-mindedness and determination to succeed will be rewarded, and we couldn't be more proud.