I hear the screeching of sea gulls as they fly over the roof tops. It is a familiar sound in Aberdeen, the granite city. The bus takes us along the mile long street, busy with buses, cars and people. Ah I am back in Aberdeen for my son’s graduation.
We walk along the white strand enjoying the sea air, with the sunshine on our backs. The people are warm and welcoming. Two of our children have been blessed here.
As well as the gulls, I hear the sound of helicopters overhead. This is a sound familiar to us who are from Northern Ireland. Military helicopters patrolled the sky during the troubles. It is not a sound of prosperity back home in Northern Ireland.
In Aberdeen the helicopters transport goods back and forth to the oil platforms. Aberdeen is prospering because of the oil industry. I counted fifteen large ships anchored offshore waiting to get into harbour.
There is no recession here. New office blocks are being built. New shopping malls being planned. There are a hundred oil platforms offshore.
Today, my husband and I are in Aberdeen for my son Jacob’s graduation in Law. I remember our visits to this sunny, granite city. Our daughter Mary graduated as a Doctor eight years before.
A lot has happened to me in the years since I first visited Aberdeen ed and am alive to tell the tale. Today is a day of Joy.
I am alive to celebrate with my son his Graduation from Law School. I suffered fourth stage cancer. I am so thankful to God for this healing.
Jacob has Graduated from The School of Law, University of Aberdeen.
Well done Jacob.