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.

Danny after the graduation.
Danny after the graduation.

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.

Walking on stage.
Walking on stage.

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.

Danny bending at the knee.
Danny bending at the knee.

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.

Daniel holding his diploma.
Daniel holding his diploma.

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.

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He also got a little silly. This he gets from Judy’s side of the family.

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His friend Kaitlin was there to cheer him on.

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For a little perspective, here’s a picture of me and Danny from about 25 years ago.

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For Judy and I it was a deeply satisfying day. We can’t wait to see what our two boys will do next.

39 Comments on “Raising People as Well as Flowers

  1. Jason! This is just awesome! Brought me so much joy to read this post! A huge congratulations to him!!! And a job well done to you and Judy!!! That photo of the 2 of you when he was small is so fantastic! And you can’t beat that bears hat that he is wearing! We had one like that too! All the best to your family! Nicole

  2. Dear Jason, congrats to you and Judy raising so handsome and clever son! Sure he will go further and you’ll be proud of him.

  3. Congratulations to Daniel and to the proud parents too. You clearly did as good a job raising this young man as any flower in your garden! (I see a very strong resemblance there. Perhaps he’ll grow into a gardener like his Dad one day too?… )

  4. Many congratulations – a super proud day for everyone (and a well chosen field of study – more important today than ever!)

  5. Congrats to your son for achieving an advanced degree which requires a lot of hard work and investment. It looks like you and Judy certainly know how to raise successful sons as well as beautiful gardens. 🙂

  6. Congrats to your son and to you and Judy for raising an accomplished son. Now the fun begins.

  7. Congratulation to your son.It must really make you proud He looks a lot like you. It is a good feeling that your kids are doing well.

  8. Congratulations! Time passes so quickly….how wonderful to see such a happy and talented family. Good luck and best wishes to you all

  9. Lovely post. Thanks for sharing it. Congrats to all. You must be so proud. Your son looks exactly like you did at his age. 😉

  10. You must be very proud. And it will only get better.

  11. Congratulations to Danny and to the patents! Nice photos!

  12. Congratulations to you all! What a sweet post. Tempus fugit.

  13. What could be more rewarding. Congratulations. We just got Granddaughter #2 out of high school. It feels so good!

  14. More rewarding than raising a flower, I’d say. Ipricked up my ears at the ‘Public Policy’ bit … interesting, given what one learns about you on your blog! Have a satisfying, happy week!

  15. What a loveyl, lovely boy! Talk about peas in a pod, he is the spitting image of you! He looks like he has a sense of humour too….all the very best to him, you and Judy must be SO proud!xxx

  16. Congratulations to Daniel! What a great photo of the three of you–you deserve to be very proud.

  17. Congratulations to you all, it’s very heartening to read and to see the pictures of proud parents with grinning son!

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