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My name is Lucinda Robinson, the daughter of Robert and Mary Wagner of Campbellsville. I am a twin sister of Lucille Wagner and five more siblings.
Our parents raised us in a Christian home with lots of love and laughter. My twin sister and I did everything together.
When time came for us to go off to school we were so excited. We attended the first grade at Durham School. We knew there would be a lot of girls and boys to meet and make friends. The first day we met two girls, their names were Yvette and Linda. We became best friends. We remained friends all the way to high school. At high school, two other girls became our friends, Helen and Ledetrich. We had fun together doing girl things.
When time came for us all to go to eight-grade graduation and hoping to finish our next four years of high school together, my life took a different turn. I found out I was going to become a mother. So now my dreams of getting a diploma turned into becoming a mother. My heart was broken.
I knew I had to leave my friends and school. My friends never made me feel bad, they were always there for me, as well as my family. My son, Alanzo, was born in 1961. The thoughts of my school diploma ceased.
As years passed, I married and three more children were born, Zelda, Tryone and Anthony. My school diploma was a dream that did not come true for me.
I am 67 years old now, a grandmother and great grandmother and still holding on to my dream of getting my diploma or now, my GED. The two friends in grade school and the two we met in high school, Helen and Ledetrich, we are still close. We sometimes get together for lunch and talk about our school years. We all are married now and they have children also. Helen, Ledetrich and I belong to the same church, First Baptist in Campbellsville.
On Aug. 8, 2010, my GED journey started at the Taylor County Adult Learning Center. The first day was great. I thought, "I can do this."
Then, as days went on I asked myself, "What have I gotten myself into?"
But this was my dream and something I wanted for me, so I could not give up now. My children, my family and the instructors at the center kept encouraging me to hang in there.
I was given a second chance that things would get better. That meant a lot to me and made me push myself more and work harder. My children Tryone, Anthony, and Zelda are so wonderful, they always let me know how proud they are of me for doing this. Alonzo went to be with the Lord on July 27, 2010.
I will say this was a big challenge in my life. Some days fear and lots of tears, and sometimes at class I needed a shoulder to cry on. My instructors were always there for me. But through it all, I let go of my fear and grabbed my faith. God said he would never leave us or forsake us. Ask and it shall be given in faith.
On Dec. 20, 2012, my GED journey was completed with my last test. I finally received the diploma I had been waiting for for many years.
I pray that this story will inspire someone to follow their dreams no matter if they are 7 or 67. Dreams can come true!
I thank and appreciate all who went through this journey with me. To God be the Glory!
• Taylor County Adult Learning Center provides free GED and other testing services. For more information, call 465-7736.