Are due to the Kid, who managed to hang in there through the finish of the scholastic year, despite various difficulties with the school setting. The cool part is that (after securing the Official Paperwork from the school), our high school junior then went on to take the GED test and passed with flying colors, thus earning the equivalent of a high school diploma.

While the rest of his former cohort is gearing up to start their senior year of high school, our son is finishing up a second college class, and is enrolled for the fall term as a full-time college freshman.

Even better, he says that this is the first time in years since the sight of stores filled with school supplies has not filled him with dread. Additionally, having a summer job doing construction labor has made him realise the value of further education, and even given him moments of, “I wish I were in class.” We’ve not seen this kind of scholastic enthusiasm in years.

Way to go, guy!  We’re proud of you.

a blonde 12-month old boy seated on a chair, reaching up and pecking at the keyboard to an early 1990's personal computer

a blond 12-month old boy seated on a chair, reaching up and pecking at the keyboard to an early 1990's personal computer


  1. qw88nb88 said,

    28 July 2008 at 11:40

    Heck, my first computer experience involved PUNCH CARDS! We would type out our little programs and wait overnight for them to be run through the computer at Big University, only for me to discover the next day that I’d forgotten a comma. So I would retype a new card, insert it into the deck, wait overnight … *bleh* Put me off computers for 15 years, and not even the “TRaSh-80s” could stir my enthusiasm.

    But then we got that Compaq “Luggable” with Word*Star and I finally had the “magic typewriter” for which I had been waiting for decades. Our kids grew up with computers!

    I’m still waiting for my flying car …

  2. Jamie said,

    28 July 2008 at 5:14

    Fantastic pic.

    I got a construction job after college so it’s good to see he’s ahead of the curve learning that lesson.

    And Dad… I remember the Apple II. No wait! I remember the TRS-80…

  3. Kid's Dad said,

    27 July 2008 at 21:03

    “So where’s that World of Warcraft icon”?

    That was our first computer. A Compaq Portable II bought used for $2,300, which was a bargain at the time. With a 10 meg (that’s right — meg, not gig) drive. Anyone remember MS-DOS 3.12? 1200 baud modems? Compuserve? It traveled around the city and to Chicago many times before it was finally retired.

    The Kid is going to do great. Now that he is out of the rigid, inflexible clique- dominated environment of high school, watch him soar in college, where his intelligence, creativity and marvelous sense of humor will be celebrated rather than diminished.

  4. 23 July 2008 at 1:25

    Go Kid! And Go Andrea, too!


    isn’t success f*ckin’ lovely? :D

  5. 23 July 2008 at 1:25

    He seems a little young to be just finishing high school! LOL!

    Seriously, congrats!

  6. Anna said,

    22 July 2008 at 22:11

    HAHAHA that computer is SO OLD.

    That’s the old house, right? The books seem to suggest so, but I can’t place the exact location.

  7. Club 166 said,

    22 July 2008 at 19:42


    While I think all work has inherent dignity, working as a punch press operator for the summer between high school and college did serve as a distinct incentive to study.


  8. ange said,

    22 July 2008 at 18:29

    Wow! Congratulations to him and you!

    Funny, it took a masters degree and 10 years in corporate to realize how much I missed doing hands-on labor. Same for Hubby, who wants to leave management behind and become a union electrician (his dad is a retired hod carrier, so there is no fantasy there about what construction work is!).

    We are both glad that we have our education though!

  9. abfh said,

    22 July 2008 at 17:41

    There’s nothing like driving nails in the broiling sun to make a kid realize the value of an education.

    Best wishes to him!

  10. Maddy said,

    22 July 2008 at 14:38


  11. Beth Nixon said,

    22 July 2008 at 13:30

    This brought a tear to my eye.

    As it’s my baby’s birthday today, I’m feeling all sentimental. Congrats to the Kid! He should be very proud of himself!

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