This week, my daughter will graduate with a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance and dance education from New York University. I am beyond proud of this young woman. I want to share my joy and pride with the world, so I thought I’d write her a note and share it with this community.

Dearest Morgan,

At the end of The Summer Day, a poem by Mary Oliver, the reader is asked,

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

With your one wild and precious life?

You are answering this question with energy, guts, talent, and joy.

I know it was a huge and life- changing decision to leave your life and career in Italy to study dance and education at NYU. You weren’t sure, but now I think you know that this is the work you are meant to do. There is no question that you are meant to dance and to live the creative life. Watching you perform last week in your final school performance, knowing that you were responsible for every single piece of the show (down to the creation of your own theater curtain-lol) was certainly proof of that! Your movement is stunning, and your ability to dance in different styles and interact with the audience in a variety of ways was beyond impressive!

I congratulate you on finishing your course of study and earning a Master of Fine Arts degree. Wow! You are following your heart, and pursuing your dreams of being a dancer; a creator. I’m excited to see what you will do next, but for now I want to pause and bask in your incredible accomplishments. You are really making something out of that wild and precious life of yours!

I am so proud of you. I hope you are proud of you too!

I love and admire you,


4 thoughts on “Celebration”

  1. Thank you for sharing these beautiful words you share with your daughter. WOW!!
    She sounds amazing. Keep basking! Enjoy every minute of this moment ot celebrating accomplishments!!

  2. Such a proud mom! I’ve loved hearing about Morgan’s journey, including how part of this journey was at home during the pandemic! It’s so amazing to see your kids shine. I can only imagine that keeps growing. Congratulations to you all! ❤️

  3. Congratulations all around! You can feel not only the love, but the admiration you have for Morgan and her passion. You can also feel the support you give her in these very heartfelt, tender words. Again, congratulations all around and enjoy the celebrations!

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