Congratulations to the class of 2010

Ace didn’t get to go to my son’s high school graduation, but we let him wear the cap for a while afterwards — stopping short of awarding him a dog-torate degree.

There were close to 300 seniors graduating from Florence High School in Alabama, and, being a Woestendiek, Joe’s turn to accept his diploma came pretty close to last. 

As hard as those bleacher seats had grown by then, it was a small price to pay for seeing the moment.

I only misted up once, when the seniors filed in, and my mind flashed back to the day 18 years ago when Joe, at 6 months of age, arrived from Korea at Los Angeles International Airport, whiny, tired and his full head of  jet black hair sprouting every which way, kind of like he’d stuck his finger in a wall socket. The hair eventually calmed down, and so did he.

And 18 human years whizzed by — too many of them spent too far apart.

His mom and stepdad are newly moved to New Albany, Mississippi, where Joe will spend the summer before going on to Rhodes College in Tennessee in the fall.

Ace and I plan to hang around here for a while, maybe taking a few day trips, and testing how long ex-wife hospitality lasts.

We checked out of the Knights Inn (where Ace got away with being 110 or so pounds over the weight limit) and made the two hour drive to New Albany this morning in a caravan of four cars — Joe’s mom, Joe’s grandparents, Joe, and Ace and me pulling up the rear.

This being ohmidog! and not ohmison!, it’s probably not the place to go on about how proud I am of my son … but I’m pretty darned proud of my son.

3 comments for “Congratulations to the class of 2010

  1. Marite
    May 30, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Congrats to you and Joe! Enjoy my home state (with caution). Have you seen the giant water-wheel with the threat of eternal damnation posted on a billboard beside it yet? I want to say it’s on I- 65 somewhere between Birmingham and the exit to 85 headed north. Check it out.

    We’re missing you here already. Have fun and take care.

  2. Rachel
    May 31, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Congrats to your son from the whole crew!

    R + T + Scruff + Scrap

  3. Lori
    June 4, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Congrats to you, Joe & Ace!!

    Chi-Chi looks for you in the park every day. 🙁

    Give Ace a big squeeze for me.

    Hope you’re both enjoying being on the open road.

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