Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Graduate



Photos – as requested!

It was a marvelous day – lots of emotions in play, the primary one being incredible pride.

When you see your child achieve such a goal, you know you’ve done something right. You also realize how much the achievement is actually his and his alone. He possessed the brains, determination and discipline to get to this place in his life.

Parents guide and hope. Children take it from there.

And by the way, I didn’t cry - came close, but didn’t. I was too busy smiling my fool head off.

This kid of mine is a character - has chutzpah in spades. (Wonder where he got that from?) It was an incredibly hot day and in those robes, he was sweltering. After the ceremony, pictures, etc., we headed for the car.

No hesitation – he whipped off his pants in the parking lot and changed into shorts to the delight of those passing by. He didn’t even bother being discreet about it. (Good thing boxer shorts sort of look like shorts.)

That’s my boy! Confidence and a devil may care attitude.

He’s come this far in life – those qualities and all the other marvelous ones he possesses will take him even farther.

God speed and God bless.

I love you, Teds.

18 comments:

patricia said...

Oy, I'm getting all verklempt!

What a cutie! I can definitely see your face in that sweet mug. So glad it was a great day.

Congrats to Ted, and good for him for taking off his pants!

Trish said...

What a handsome fellow! No wonder you are a proud momma...

Changing his pants out in the open is something my oldest would do too. Funny boys.

Beth said...

What a good looking boy/man!!!! How did you NOT cry? And is there beer in that big mug he's holding?!

Love how he just stripped and changed his clothes...gotta love that!

congrats on a job well done! to BOTH of you!

megan.winstanley@gmail.com said...

I don't know how you didn't cry - I did just looking at the pictures! Go Ted, your second Mom is equally proud - go show the world what ya got - they're ready and waiting for ya..
Love ya,
Mimi

The Guy Who Writes This said...

Congrats, to you both.

BTW Auntie wrote an article for you today.

benjibopper said...

do kids even know how much they owe their parents for their accomplishments? i never did, but maybe that's because of my parents' modesties. i owe them that too.

Beth said...

patricia:
I love it when you get "verklempt!"

trish:
Boys - crazy and fun...

beth:
Trust you to ask about the beer! (It was empty.)

megan:
I'm actually amazed I didn't cry.
I certainly did when he started university!

guy:
I'm on my way to Auntie's...

benji:
I think he knows...I can always remind him for the rest of his life!

oreneta said...

Yahoo!!! Sounds like a great day...
Congrats to all!

Beth said...

oreneta:
Thanks!
Yet another milestone...

psychgrad said...

Congrats to your son (and you)! I went to a friend's convocation last week and couldn't help but smile at the enthusiasm of the parents in the audience. It really is an accomplishment for the whole family. Families that arrived at the convocation together were waving frantically to locate each other in the concert hall. Partly I was wondering, are you really that excited to see someone you just saw 15 minutes ago, but I think it's more of a "here I am to witness this moment!"

Beth said...

psychgrad:
It is definitely a momentous occasion for the parents!

3rd Mom said...

Ted you look so grown up and mature! Who would have thought?? I may not see you as often but I am just as proud of you as your "second Mom" on to bigger and even better things....

Mamma said...

I think I'll cry.

Congratulations. You did a fine, fine job!

Beth said...

3rd mom:
Yeah, little Tedsy all grown up. Seems like yesterday...

mamma:
Thanks - and save those tears - you've got a long way to go until the "letting go" stage. Enjoy the ride!

Attila The Mom said...

Oh how handsome he is!

Sounds like a fabulous occasion!!

Beth said...

attila:
He is a handsome dude, isn't he?
(Thanks.)

Linda said...

Congratulations! Great photos and I can't believe how much he looks like his very proud Mom.

Beth said...

linda:
Thanks!
And I'll see you - soon??