Jerita marveled at the Mercedes Benz C300 outside on the curb. “Oh, who got a car for graduation?” she wondered aloud.
She had no idea of the generous surprise her five children had planned for her.
Jerita, 64, had just graduated from law school. Her children couldn’t be more proud of her.
“Mom do you play baseball?” her daughter Lori said to Jerita, as they were taking pictures of her in her cap and gown.
Then Lori flung a set of keys at Jerita, and the surprise was out: Jerita’s children bought her the car she had been eyeing just moments before.
Jerita squealed in disbelief. Lori recorded the entire exchange. The video has since gotten thousands of views online.
“I was just out done. It took me two to three days to get over that they made such a loving gift to me,” Jerita said, reflecting on the surprise gift days after her graduation.
Her children conspired for months to make the surprise happen. They did it to show their gratitude for their mother, who had worked hard for years to make sure each of them graduated from college, even while Jerita fought stage three colorectal cancer.
They knew this was a dream more than 40 years in the making for their mom. When Jerita graduated from high school, she wrote in her yearbook that she wanted to go to law school.
Instead of going to law school after undergrad, Jerita got married and raised a family. It was what was expected of women during her time, she says.
But Jerita never gave up on that dream, and she plans to keep going.
She’s been interning at a law firm in Atlanta, and says she has plans to practice law for the next 30 years.
SOURCE: USA Today Humankind – Sheeka Sanahori