Raising People as Well as Flowers
Judy and I haven’t spent all our time in the garden. We have also been lucky enough to raise two good kids we are very proud of, both of them now adults in their twenties.
Today we got to watch our older son Daniel receive his Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. We didn’t go to the general convocation, a massive gathering of the undergraduate college and all the graduate programs held in U of C’s main quadrangle.
However, we did attend the ceremony for Danny’s program, the Harris School of Public Policy, which was held in the more intimate Mandel Hall. This is where the graduates actually received their diplomas.
Some of the taller students bent their knees to make it easier for the faculty to bestow upon them the hoods that signify their new degree. Daniel, who is 6′ 2″, was one of these, and he couldn’t keep himself from grinning despite the solemnity of the occasion.
Afterwards we all went outside for the Harris School reception in the courtyard. Daniel was tired from his job and from finishing coursework, but he shared the excitement of the other graduates.
He also got a little silly. This he gets from Judy’s side of the family.
His friend Kaitlin was there to cheer him on.
For a little perspective, here’s a picture of me and Danny from about 25 years ago.
For Judy and I it was a deeply satisfying day. We can’t wait to see what our two boys will do next.