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First Colin. I have always described Colin as "mutant smart". I mean, seriously, folks. Let's examine this.
He made straight A's through his first twelve years of school. He finished undergrad in three years with a double major in Math and Physics -- again, straight A's. And on he went to Yale, working on Neutrino Physics and traveling back and forth to Fermi Lab doing things Rick and I (neither of us stupid people, if you don't count my locking keys in my car) could understand. I urge you to read his acknowledgements page of his dissertation -- he has a dry sense of humor and likens a math program to Dr. House, opines that he's the kind of Doctor that doesn't mean he can ask you to drop your pants, and chides his co-workers on their bad movie taste. He's an awesome guy, and has helped Zack grow. And I cried at his last line.
Rick is, as Zack announced yesterday to my bark of laughter, an "epic failure" at taking photos. So I only have one of Dr. Colin (and friends) to show you, and one of where his ceremony took place (in Latin).
|Dr. Colin in the center|
|Yale Ceremony Space|
Now on to Zack. Yep, there's nineteen years between Zack and Colin, but you'd never know when they play Little Big Planet together or put together a particularly difficult LEGO kit. We call certain LEGO kits "Colin Kits" because Zack and I both know that Mommy and Daddy know their limitations and putting things together just isn't something we can brag about. IKEA often bests us.
The end of school brought about the 2nd Grade Play, and Zack tried, he really did, but being up on a stage is just not going to be his thing right now. It's just not. Thankfully, his teachers understand him, and have been working with him, and rather than just throw their hands up in the air and stick him in the audience, they said he could be the Lighting Technician. So Zack raised and lowered the lights whenever the other kids came forward or back with costume changes.
I stood nearby, just in case he needed some extra support, but he did just fine! He really loved the Behind the Scenes thing, and when it comes to plays that require set design, I'll bet that will be something he'll dive right into.
At the end of the play, he sat on the stage and let me take his picture. I think this is the picture of a happy, contented boy who loved being included. BIG Kudos to his teachers.
Whether you're eight or twenty-seven, milestones are important. How they're treated, how they're remembered, and how they're celebrated are important to a person's lifetime Book of Memories in their brain. Colin came home the following weekend and along with his older brother, Ryan, we had a family weekend with lots of grill time and a bout of croquet on our lumpy bumpy lawn. Zack got to celebrate his end of school with our annual End of Summer Mall Jaunt. And both were told how pleased and proud we are of both of them, for so many reasons, and in so many ways.
Your goal for today -- remember a milestone in your life that you're particularly proud of, and celebrate it again. YES, again! Because, hey.... milestones are hard won, and deserve more than one act of rejoicing.
Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene. She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.