Thursday, June 25, 2009

Roots and Wings

"There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: one is roots, the other is wings." Hodding Carter

Christopher receiving congratulations from his professor, Dr. Griffith, head of the department at UMass Dartmouth and leader in his field. Christopher has great respect for him and I think it shows on his face in the photo.

Graduation Day! A day of joy and celebration, but also a bittersweet day for I know this is the start of another chapter in his life story. He no longer needs me they way he did all those years ago, and the years flew by far too fast. Yet, I celebrate his accomplishment and the wonderfully caring and creative person he has become.

On May 24, 2009 my son Christopher graduated from the University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth with a B.S. Degree in Medical Laboratory Science. The program is as difficult as it sounds, and out of approximately 69 students who began the program four years ago, 25 made it to the end. It was a long, difficult road but the smile on his face that day proved that it was all worthwhile.

Christopher with his fiancee Stephanie after the graduation ceremony. They will be married in October 2010.

Christopher with his two close friends Lou and Marianne, on graduation day. They were study partners, cheering each other on throughout the four year program, and yes, giving each other a push when they needed it. Good natured competitors, Marianne always led the charge when it came to high marks and it always made me laugh to watch the men try to catch up with her. The couldn't have done it without each other! I am so grateful he found such wonderful people to share his college years.

As serendipity would have it, when is diploma arrived in the mail on June 23 (they don't give it to you on the day of graduation) he received his first job offer. Next week he will begin a new chapter in his life story at a hospital in Cambridge, MA.

It is every parent's dream that their child grow up to be healthy and happy. The extra bonus is watching them achieve their dreams, surrounded by loved ones and good friends who relish your achievements. I count my blessings every day that Christopher has grown into someone who cares deeply for those in his life.

Congratulations Christopher, you are loved!

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