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Bringing My Son to My Alma Mater 

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9/27/2010 

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Interesting bringing your son to attend your Alma mater…

As I turn into the campus, I am flooded with memories from the past; memories of fresh-faced young nursing professors, energetic biology teachers, aged chemistry professors, roommates that are still cherished friends, first dates, last dates, career counselors who changed the course of my life forever, friends, my life partner…
But that flood is washed quickly to the back of my mind. I am here today because of the young man who pauses dutifully before me for a Facebook photo in front of the fountain. This is the person who single-handedly changed us from 30-something young professionals into humbled, awestruck, amazed parents. The memory flood is now of the bouncing baby boy for whom we videoed every known developmental milestone, and then some. (I know that this is true because we watched some of that video on the night before we dropped him off.) Another stream of pictures moves into my consciousness. These are pictures of all those first days of every school year when we captured his varied poses – sometimes toothless, sometimes with lunchbox in hand, sometimes fearless, sometimes reserved. But his potential is where my thoughts are arrested. What is in store for him at Southern? What will become of his choice of major, which friends from academy will remain close, what new friends will he make, will he meet the girl of his dreams, or has he met her already, will he continue his music, will he continue to make wise choices, will he strengthen his relationship with God, will he call home often? There are so many questions as he continues to grow into a man. He has so much potential. As I leave the campus over eight hours later, I post on his Facebook wall, “Godspeed, as you begin a new chapter in this amazing journey of life. Godspeed my son!”

 

        

 
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Bringing My Son to My Alma Mater
September 27, 2010

Interesting bringing your son to attend your Alma mater…

As I turn into the campus, I am flooded with memories from the past; memories of fresh-faced young nursing professors, energetic biology teachers, aged chemistry professors, roommates that are still cherished friends, first dates, last dates, career counselors who changed the course of my life forever, friends, my life partner…
But that flood is washed quickly to the back of my mind. I am here today because of the young man who pauses dutifully before me for a Facebook photo in front of the fountain. This is the person who single-handedly changed us from 30-something young professionals into humbled, awestruck, amazed parents. The memory flood is now of the bouncing baby boy for whom we videoed every known developmental milestone, and then some. (I know that this is true because we watched some of that video on the night before we dropped him off.) Another stream of pictures moves into my consciousness. These are pictures of all those first days of every school year when we captured his varied poses – sometimes toothless, sometimes with lunchbox in hand, sometimes fearless, sometimes reserved. But his potential is where my thoughts are arrested. What is in store for him at Southern? What will become of his choice of major, which friends from academy will remain close, what new friends will he make, will he meet the girl of his dreams, or has he met her already, will he continue his music, will he continue to make wise choices, will he strengthen his relationship with God, will he call home often? There are so many questions as he continues to grow into a man. He has so much potential. As I leave the campus over eight hours later, I post on his Facebook wall, “Godspeed, as you begin a new chapter in this amazing journey of life. Godspeed my son!”

 

        

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