June 22, 2009

Reflections on the side of a van

So I was driving in to work this morning when I passed a van which looked, from a distance, like the windows had seen better days.  Driving closer, I realized the windows were covered in writing, white shoe polish spelling out "Congratulations, Edwin Class of 2009" on the back, and "Proud Parent of Edwin, Class of 2009" on each side.
My first thought was "wow, Edwin must be so embarrassed."  But then I realized how proud his parents must be, to be driving around with that message shining from their windows at least a week, maybe more, after graduation.  And I realized that I was proud of him too, whoever he is, and what an immense accomplishment it is to graduate from high school.  It's something took for granted.  Of course I would finish school.  And college.  And grad school.  Been there, done that.  And of course I can't leave.  Still at school, although they pay me here :-)
But making it through 12 years of school is actually a lot of work.  Especially here in LA where some kids routinely dodge bullets on the way to and from school, and fights on school grounds that are just as deadly.  And let's not forget peer pressure, to use drugs and alcohol, to have too much sex too soon, and all the rest.  Kinda makes it hard to stay on track.

So here's to Edwin, and all of the other Class of 2009 graduates.  Good Luck, and keep up the good work.

Posted by caltechgirl at June 22, 2009 11:31 AM | TrackBack

Yay, Edwin! Don't stop now, you're on a roll!


Posted by: Margi at June 22, 2009 01:32 PM

Congrats to all the Edwins out there! :-D

Posted by: Jim at June 22, 2009 01:35 PM


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Posted by: gameskillz at June 25, 2009 11:44 PM

Yeah, Edwin! I had a nephew and a cousin graduate this year - and for both of them, it wasn't so much cum laude as it was "Thank you, Lawdy!"

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Do you think Michel Jackson killed himself?
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