It finally happened yesterday. I presented my research and, 40 minutes later, was informed that I had earned my doctorate. Just a few minor edits to the final manuscript and that's that.
I'm mostly numb still, but happy. Deeply happy.
I'm so fortunate. For many reasons ... but mainly to have had so many fine people on my side. Especially John, my wonderful husband, who made the journey every step of the way. I also received much support from my in-laws, colleagues, my committee members, and friends (including all of you - my cyber buds who left encouraging comments and best wishes).
I'm beginning to feel the possibilities. As Whitman said, soon I will be "done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms". At least for a while. I'll trust in the "long brown path before me" to provide perspective. I'll rely upon the open road to figure out what's next.