Saturday, May 30, 2009

Brag Time

Thursday I drove up to Evanston to see my son awarded a major teaching award by Northwestern University. I'm so proud of him. He's always been a terrific speaker, and I can vouch for his teaching ability, since he has patiently helped me develop the computer skills I have.

Anyway, I enjoyed myself tremendously, even though the awards ceremony was not quite as expected. The twins came along, probably not the best idea. Aidan is a wanderer, so I spent the entire ceremony outside with him exploring things like dandelion puffs and the man in a panda suit across the street advertising something. We had a wonderful time, although I would have liked to see the speeches. Conor wouldn't come out with me, and because he expresses himself LOUDLY, even when he's just happily pointing out "Da-da", his mother had to stand with him in the hallway outside the room. We all enjoyed the refreshments afterwards though. The twins loved the fruit, cheese, and crackers, while the adults were certainly ready for a glass of wine.

Here's a picture of the award winner and family that expresses the general flavor of the day: parents trying to look proud and professional while the children have other ideas.

8 comments:

Libby Fife said...

Well, who wouldn't want to see the man in the panda suit??? Sounds like it was a fun and challenging day for all. Congrats to your son:)

*karendianne. said...

What an excellent "Brag Time!" The photo is such a treat, Kay, thank you for sharing that!

I know you're so proud even though you did miss out on so much. Please allow me to comment on the fact that being a Grandma sometimes really IS a job. Time given with love but worth acknowledging for the effort as well.

Grandmother's are so much more than we realize sometimes. I'm just sayin'...

Joyce said...

Congratulations to your son and his family. I can see why you are proud of them.

Debra said...

Teaching at Northwestern is an honor itself so getting an award from that university is well worth bragging about to everyone! Congrats!

Liz said...

Seems to me you've earned the right to brag. It's a lovely (and lively) family. I agree with Libby - a man in a panda suit wins out over speeches anytime!

Barbara C said...

Congratulations to your son, and to all of you for supporting him in his accomplishment. Those little boys are adorable.

Candace said...

Oh yes, I agree with Debra! How nice that your son is honored - there is nothing better than a fantastic teacher! Thanks for sharing the lovely photo, Kay!
Cheers!

Nellie's Needles said...

Kudos to you and your son! I can see that all of you have your arms full with those two cute live wires.