Friday, January 23, 2009

Darling daughter

I sit at my computer tonight feeling better about life than I have for some time. My dd got her acceptance letter from California State University, Chico today! This was her first choice!!!!! There was a time when i had real concerns about her willingness to finish high school much less make it to pursue higher education. Whew......

Cal State Chico is a lovely campus in Northern CA. It has the look and feel of an eastern college. It is a residential school, so the campus life is easy to enjoy! I'm just glad she gets to have the "away" at college experience at a good school!

She wants to major in philosophy. So like my dd. She has her head in the clouds, and is always much too busy thinking great thoughts to worry about the mundane realities of life! She is even considering a PhD and becoming a professor. Because she comes from a family of public school teachers, she balks at the idea of following in our footsteps. However, I think that teaching is genetic. Honestly, if I could go back and change one thing in my life and still be able to end up where I am now, I would have gotten a PhD, and become a history professor!

To my daughter I say: I am proud of you. You have achieved something most people only dream of. Work, play, laugh, and stay focused! You are amazing, and I look forward to seeing what amazing and surprising things you will do. I love you!!!!!

To myself I say: Job well done. You have raised a thoughtful, intelligent daughter. It wasn't easy at all, but you never gave up. Enjoy this moment.

To the world I say: 2009 is already one of my best years. Keep the faith. The economy is in large part dependant upon our confidence in its ability to sustain us. Pray, meditate, or whatever you do.



  1. Congratulations to you and your daughter!

  2. Congratulations to you, your husband, and your daugther!

    And, thank you for your kind words. That [pramatism] is a philosophy, by the way, I wish more people (not only my students had). And, thank you for sharing a bit of your personal History, as well. I do not have to hope that is something that you share with your students: I know that you do. To them, such an intimate connection makes the History closer, and more meaningful. My great-grandmother (father's side) immigrated from Russia in 1903. Unlike my mother's side, which came from Wittenburg, Germany in the early 19th century, they chose to settle in cities, rather than on farms. New York then Chicago where my grand-father began working in slaughterhouses (very Upton Sinclair). My father met my mother and the rest, as they say, is History. My 2 older brothers, myself, and 1 younger sister are the first generation to go to college. America is, truly, the land of opportunity. Peace, David