So my father was here for my son’s graduation – he came in from out of state. My great friend Bruce showed up, as did Bob and Esther – our best friends for over 20 years.
I expected all of them to show up. They have been a part of my kid’s lives for many, many years. I knew they would be here for Derek.
Yesterday I posted that my dad was in town – and my brother’s read this blog. So one of my brother’s (Tad) devised a plan – to get all six of my father’s sons together at the same place, and the same time. For the first time in twelve years.
I was amazed as I looked out into the Driveway Cam and saw ALL of my brother’s – and most of their families walking up the sidewalk. So I had over 30 people total here today (glad I bought enough food!)
We had 12 of my Father’s 15 grand kids here. And all of my Father’s Sons. It was a good day.
Even my ex-wife was here today – and she ended up having the best line of the evening. She told people she was leaving, but I didn’t hear her – so one of my brother’s yelled out, “Rob, you EX is leaving”… and everyone got a little quiet. And my EX said, “Again!”
I guess you had to be here for that – but it WAS funny! My follow up line was that this was now the SECOND best day of my life – funny – but not as funny as her line 🙂
It was a great day in so many ways. But for now, I am just tired! It was an emotional day, and I am spent.
But it was a very good day.
I love my brothers, yet we’ve not been close in a long time. Basically I think because we never make the time. We are all very different, yet all very much alike.
And it was good to see them – and spend time with them. And yes – to even meet some nieces and nephews that I had either never met, or hadn’t seen in years.
But mostly, today was Derek’s day. I was very proud to see him walk across the stage, and accept his diploma. I can’t wait to see him do the same for a college degree in four years.
A good day – any way you look at it.