Oh, Those Girls!

 Posted by at 1:28 am  Nick's Blog
May 282022

The temperature here in Show Low, in Arizona’s White Mountains, is a lot nicer than it was during the week we spent down in the Mesa/Apache Junction area. It has been at least 20 degrees cooler every day. It being a holiday weekend, a lot of people are coming up here to escape the blast furnace down in the desert.

This was our home for many years before we left to go on the road as fulltime RVers, spending 18+ years wandering around the country in a motorhome publishing the Gypsy Journal RV travel newspaper. Before that, I published the weekly newspaper here, and Terry ran a commercial glass shop. So much has changed in the 25 years or so that we have been gone that I hardly recognize the place anymore.

Our daughter Tiffany and her family still live here, and one of the reasons we came to visit is because granddaughter Destiny graduated from junior high school on Thursday morning, and Thursday evening her big sister Hailey graduated from high school. We darn sure couldn’t miss that.

Hailey has grown up to become a beautiful and accomplished young woman, and it has been great spending some time with her.

This is Destiny at her graduation. There sure were a lot of happy young people and their families there helping them celebrate. Way to go kid! Next year it’s time for high school.

There was some last-minute concern when Hailey tried on her graduation gown, because even though the package it came and said it was for a person 5 foot 1 inches to 5 foot 3 inches tall, the gown itself was for someone 6 foot 1 to 6 foot 3. Tiffany and Terry put their heads together, and Terry thought she might be able to shorten it in the little bit of time left before the ceremony. However, we lucked out because Tiffany was able to talk to someone at the school and they had a couple of extra gowns available, including one in the right size.

The bleachers at the high school were full of friends and family members there to see the graduating class in their big moment. Can you tell Tiffany is a proud mama? You raised her right, honey, and instilled a good set of values in her.

Friday evening we went to the rodeo grounds in nearby Snowflake to watch Hailey competing in a barrel racing event. Working part-time for a dog groomer, she managed to save the money to buy her horse Six, and has been working with him for a year. She loves that horse and he loves her, and they make a good team.

Daughter Tiffany may not be a barrel racer, but she rode the roller coaster in my Oculus virtual reality headset. At first she was all smiles and thought it was fun.

Then the angry Tyrannosaurus decided to put in an appearance and race with the roller coaster. That got her attention!

I’m not sure what’s on the agenda for today, but I know that as long as we’re with our family we’re going to have fun. I hope you are having a fun holiday weekend, too.

Thought For The Day – Technically, Moses was the first person with a tablet to download data from the cloud.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  One Response to “Oh, Those Girls!”

  1. You truly can be proud of those girls. Nice that the school had other gowns.
    Be Safe and Enjoy your visit.

    It’s about time.

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