Thursday, June 08, 2006
What Makes A Mother's Heart Beat Faster?
A few days ago my middle son, Phil, graduated from our local community college. He graduated with High Honors, having taken a ton of difficult math and science and pre-engineering classes, in which he got straight A's. He worked so hard, and also held a job through most of the time he was in school. Now he's planning to head off to get an engineering degree, specializing in alternative energy engineering. I'm so proud of him, so, so proud!
I have to say that I've waited many years to have a kid of mine graduate from any college. All of them have attended, but nobody so far has a degree to show for it until now! I always told them "education will always be available" and I know that is true. I think I was trying to hold an awareness that many people are not ready to simply go right from high school into a 4 year college. I did it, but looking back on it, I was not very into it. I went because it was expected, I had no choice, but I would probably have been better advised to take a couple of years off to experience a little life before I got serious about school. I didn't maximize a precious opportunity. Even though I got a great education, at a top notch Ivy league school, I didn't have the maturity or focus to really make the most of it. Now I see Phil, with all that focus and motivation. He has taken his time off, been a musician, travelled all over the world, gotten married, worked, and now he burns with desire to get an education and have a profession. It is a joy to watch this happening.