graduation day

I don't have a lot of pictures of him doctoring, but here he is on a mission trip to Haiti a couple of years ago.
I don’t have a lot of pictures of him doctoring, but here he is on a mission trip to Haiti a couple of years ago.

I interrupt my regularly scheduled ramblings to bring you a moment of shameless bragging on my husband. Tonight, we will celebrate his very last graduation in what has been a very arduous journey toward his medical career. 4 years of college. 4 years of medical school. 3 years of residency, followed by boards. And now 3 years of fellowship, coming to an end, in which he will be board certified in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine, and on Monday will officially begin work as an attending physician, or, even more specifically and rad, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, in the emergency department.

Last night, as we sipped some wine, I told him, “I’m so proud of you for finally being finished.” He asked if I had to throw the “finally” in there, but I maintain that the “finally” is necessary to indicate just what a long, difficult process this has been. I wish I could do the math on all the hours spent working and studying to get to this place. I have never seen anyone work harder to achieve their dream, and what a beautiful dream to want to take care of the tiniest patients and help them to be healthy and feel safe. As I tell people, you don’t want to have to take your kid to the ER, but if you do, he will take GREAT care of you.

I’m excited for this next step in Jon’s career and for our family, and I am so very happy and proud.

7 Replies to “graduation day”

  1. Congratulations to both of you! I would agree that the “finally” is necessary in this case too. It’s such a long road and I hope that the end of it is exactly what you were both hoping for.


  2. I’ve often wished that institutions of higher learning would acknowledge the sacrifice and hours and dedication of spouses/significant others of graduates. :-) Congrats to YOU TOO!!!!!


    1. Zest: They may not, but Jon thanked me in his med school graduation program, and all the time since. We’re a good team who supports each other’s dreams, and I am so thankful for that!


  3. Vicki and I are super proud of Jon’s accomplishment and perseverance. We like to think that his (and yours) summers at Ferncliff reinforced the values, faith, and steadfastness that made this possible. When camp is over, I’ll sip a glass of wine and give a thumbs up sign in the direction of your family picture that still adorns our refrigerator ;-)


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