Post ceremony, Emma grabs her 15 seconds of fame with our guest speaker, Mr. Tim Tebow, quarterback for the University of Florida National Championship Gators.
My kids (and my wife) were completely starstruck by Tebow because they are Gator football maniacs. I'm pretty casual in my sports fanniness, but I still left impressed with this guy. He came out to speak at a tiny school in the middle of nowhere, gave a great heartfelt motivational speech, and then stood for hours smiling, signing autographs, and taking pics with his fans.
Apparently what the sportwriters say is true ... he really is a genuinely nice guy.
That was Wednesday night. Last night, I cooked two big pots of Minorcan Clam Chowder, tossed together a huge batch of homemade salsa, and made an extra large cruet of the house salad dressing as my part of the big Florida Feast pre-graduation party.
I believe the party menu is fried fish, hushpuppies, clam chowder, chicken pilau, salsa, datil pepper relish, white acre peas, corn on the cob,sweet potato casserole, crab bisque, salad, peapickin' cake, and ... I know there's more but I'm not in charge (as usual) and don't have the full menu.
Tonight is the feast, Saturday evening is the actual graduation. Whew!
It's been a quick year since I posted on what's really important.
Last night at supper, Katie presented a strong case for an apartment that she and her two girl friends found in G'ville. She's commuted to college for a year and has done her homework on the apartment complex and the finances required. It does make sense and of course I knew it was coming. She had all the figures down on paper and a well prepared presentation ... she reminded me of myself presenting to my parents years ago. It was like looking in a mirror.
How could I say no?
It appears both my girls could be moving out in late August ... practically on the same day.
I never was a pro like my big brother, but I enjoy surfing when I get a chance. Sometimes, on a good day, you pick a wave that is bigger than your abilities.
Now, the point at which you realize this little fact is just as you feel the wave grab the board and commit you to the ride.
Staring down the slope, feeling the rush of speed and power building, you know this is going to be one hell of a ride and you may just get pounded, but what a thrill in the meantime.
I'm on that wave right now.