Tuesday, May 21, 2013

He graduated

Rain threatened, then a fine mist offered a compromise as the graduates marched. Our son didn't take it all too seriously; he mugged for our cameras and refused to stand still for the formal our-son-the-graduate pose, so we did the best we could, and this is as good as it gets. He didn't wear a tie, silly me, I forget to suggest that he should, and he wore sneakers, much to his cousin's chagrin, but really, I didn't care about any of that, because there was my boy, smiling, happy, not a care in the wind, the graduate.

It went off without a hitch, and with many hitches, it all depends on how you choose to look at it, and in the end, he picked up his degree and we went to dinner as a family, nine of us in all, and the next morning we packed his stuff in the car, which was already stuffed with his sister's gear, and his dad and himself will have to drive back up next weekend for the rest of it.

He graduated. We celebrated. It was so very good. My heart is full. And I also got the flu, but that didn't dampen a thing. So now I'm home, shivery and clammy and serene. My husband is back at work, my daughter is in the kitchen baking a vanilla marscapone blackberry cake with many many steps, my niece is helping her, my son is somewhere on the road driving the young woman who used to be his girlfriend home from college, and I am keeping myself quiet, grateful for all of it. It happened.

I will do another post with more candid snaps but for now, here are some pictures we did manage to get of our graduate in full or partial regalia.

With family

With his godmothers (my sister-cousins)

With some friends


  1. That boy...no. That MAN. Oh my god. How do you even stand it, he and his sister both, so staggeringly beautiful, their own selves? And then I look at you and your husband and it's all right there, genes and love both.
    Now you get better. Rest and get better. YOU HAVE DONE YOUR JOB! The most important one. For now you have. Be so proud.

  2. How lovely. I wish your son every success and for you to recover quickly. Enjoy being a proud mama.

  3. Thank you for sharing these pictures with us. Congratulations to the graduate! Mom and Dad need to pat each other on the back for a job well done!

  4. Congratulations to your son. You and your family took my breath away. Such a dignified bearing in all of you. Like royalty. And really quite unfairly good looking.

  5. What an amazing day! You look so much like your mom. And I'm glad he wore sneakers and no tie, but then again I'm very anti-establishment, so...

    Congrats to all of you. One down, one to go.

  6. here are my shallow comments:

    your son has the most gorgeous facial structure ever.

    and: i love what you're wearing. you look *fabulous*.

    now: rest, fluids, and get better.


  7. Wow. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to write of this momentous day, but your words (both past and today's) speak so much. And the photos are so gorgeous -- your children divine. How many superlatives can we march out and still not do it all justice? Thanks for sharing those beauties with us, Angella, and for your joy in them.

    Get well, too.

  8. What a wonderful, beautiful family! Your husband looks to burst with pride. For good reason!


  9. Isn't it wonderful to be so proud of our children. With so many who go astray, we who have the good ones have every right to be proud of them! Well done to all of you.

  10. Lovely to see these photos of your family on such a special day!

  11. Congratulations. :)

    I love the photos. You are all so beautiful!

  12. Congratulations! (I'm a little slow, Angella - consistently and in most things these days, but do eventually get there.). Vibrant, happy photos of you all ; ).