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Senior Session

Fort Wayne, Indiana

April 2021

“There are two gifts we should give our children; one is roots, and the other is wings.”

Meeting this senior and her family reminded me of my own. Often I will recount the story of Peter Pan and how he used a “happy thought” to fly. Then I ask those I’m capturing to think of and share their “happy thought”. Exaviona didn’t know the story of Peter Pan but she did have a happy thought and it sure brought out the light and joy in her face. Her happy thought is her family. {That’s mine too!} She said they spend a lot of time teasing and laughing with each other. {Same!}

It really made me reflect on what a blessing it is to have a family that makes you feel rooted and safe while also making you feel like you could do and be anything. Because of her family- she is reaching for the stars. Purdue University Fort Wayne is going to love you, Exaviona!

-Yvette Cherie

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