Sometime mid-March a page turned, and our city ended up inside a lingering global story. Earlier that month, I joined Mary Hunt Murray at Forest Hills Golf Club for the magazine shoot. It seems now like a memory from a distant land. Lots of things have changed. We have spent the last 10 weeks settling into makeshift indoor cubicles, homespun masks and comfort snacking. The celebration of spring has never felt so forlorn. 

Augusta could not have predicted the current circumstances. In times like these, we understand how we are truly afforded only the present moment. It is with this idea in mind, that Augusta Family magazine broke with tradition to support our community in a special way. In this issue, we are publishing for the first time a commemorative graduation section representing more than 30 local public and private high schools with graduate listings and personalized ads. It is our way of walking with families across the finish line of this uniquely different academic season.

You will still see familiar writers like Paige Tucker, whose daughter’s teeth are unaware of any virus and continue to fall out as intended. Cammie Jones’ Smart Mom’s Guide celebrates summer with fun ideas on camping for social distance vacationing. Fifth-grade student Lauren Moskal, from Evans Elementary, shares her poetic thoughts in Growing Up. A fortunate coincidence in early March has allowed us to showcase two local seniors in this special edition: Mary Hunt Murray who accepted a full scholarship in golf to Augusta University and Tyson Riley II, a phenomenal runner headed for a bright future from Lakeside High School.

Nobody can say for certain what tomorrow holds, but we can choose to grab hold of today. We can take inventory of many new moments— then decide to live fully in them, albeit inside tight quarters, as we wait to be together again. Carpe Diem!

Aimee Serafin 
aimee.serafin@augustafamily.com