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.