It seems a few of my blogger friends thought I was going to meet the President. Well in a way, I did meet President Obama, as did thousands of other parents, however, if you paid close attention to my words: “I shall of course shake hands and get a photo with President Obama. (I must be dreaming, but who knows?)” you realized I was being plain old Gutsy.
If you care to see the President’s commencement address, you can view it here.
As usual, he was amazing. The one thing my family noticed was the speech seemed more political in nature than inspirational. Normally commencement addresses are focused on inspiring the graduates. In a way this speech seemed geared towards getting students involved in the democratic process. Some may call that inspiring the students.
My husband and I at 6:30 a.m., waiting for the gates of University of Michigan stadium to open. Lighting resulted in the security scanner not working, so everyone had to wait outside.
They estimated 90,000 people attended.
Feeling like a drowned rat after hours in the rain, a proud mom and her son.
(Did I mention I got food poisoning from a bad oyster? Oh well, we won’t go there. The special day made up for it.)
Robert the Skeptic says
In Oregon, we call OFF commencement ceremonies if it's NOT raining!
Mads and Kelli says
TILLYKKE!!! I can only imagine how proud you must be!!! One kid down, 2 to go? 🙂
Patricia Stoltey says
College graduations are the best. You look like a proud mama, Sonia, and a happy one.
The Alliterative Allomorph says
Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog! No I'm not writing a memoir about Greece. I'm writing one about my childhood with nutty musicians as parents. What are you working on at the moment?
You sure do look very proud there with your son. Congrats!
Rayna M. Iyer says
One proud mom.
Miss Footloose says
It sounds like you had a good time in spite of the rain! And even if you didn't actually shake hands with the president, at least you saw and heard him in person. Again. congratulations on being the mother of a college grad!
Lady Fi says
That was a lot of rain!
You never said what you thought of Obama's speech. Was it any good?
And I can see that you're very proud – lovely!
@Robert the Skeptic
That's very funny.
@Mads and Kelli
Yep. Two more kids to graduate in the future, although my last one says he only wants to become a paintball pro. We shall see. I know your daughter just started college. Right?
@The Alternative Allomorph
Sounds like a fascinating story. Will it be humorous too? Mine is a memoir about chucking our cushy OC suburban life with our three sons and roughing it in Belize.
You are right, I did not give information on President Obama's speech, so I've added it in my blog. As usual, he was amazing. The one thing my family noticed was the speech seemed more political in nature than inspirational. Normally commencement addresses are focused on inspiring the graduates, in a way this speech seemed geared towards getting students involved in the democratic process.
Yes, I am proud. Thank you.
I think we're on the same wavelength. You did catch my remark in the previous post, the one about, (I must be dreaming.)
Phivos Nicolaides says
CONGRATULATIONS and all the best for the future!
Thanks for sharing this experience and video. Your son's graduation and President Obama's speech (though you didn't get to meet him) made up for the dreadful weather. And what about the singer's high notes?
Congrats to your son! One down, two to go….? 🙂
Rain aside, what a special day. Congratulations to the graduate and his very proud mom. You went the distance for that one, huh?
Congratulation to the graduate, for graduating.
Congratulations to your and your husband, for surviving a child in University.
As for the rain, well, you didn't get our snow, so I guess that was OK. Still snowing, actually.
Congratulations to that handsome son of yours!!
Thanks. I think my son is passionate about his research in engineering with his professor. We shall see what it leads to: Graduate school?
I had to put the singer's voice there. She was amazing.
You are right.
I cannot complain. Snow would have been worse. Can't believe you still have more snow.
More snow? Why not? It's only May.
Rayna M. Iyer says
And there is something for you on my blog.
Your compliment made my week. Thanks so much for the award.