A couple of personal announcements

1) The child. That child in the lace-and-satin gown and with two cowlicks, like some twice-blessed prince, and wearing the haughtiest expression I have ever seen on a six-week old? The one I call “Buster” because he is such a one?

He got a C+ in the must-pass class, and a couple of A’s and B’s besides. School is finally out. For. Ever.

There will be no grad school This child has been itching to be out of school since he was six years old. Our long national nightmare is over. Those bells and sirens you hear are an all-clear. It is safe, to resume life. Don’t pick up any debris, even if its pretty. There may still be some residual radioactivity!

2) I will subsequently be out of here on Friday as we travel because there will be, finally, pomping and circumstancing!

3) The real unemployment rate for college grads with a lithe-but-booming bass-baritone and an interest in making music a career in the areas of either performance and production is somewhere in the neighborhood of 98%. With luck, there will be bartending and church-custodianing as the muse is followed. And our empty nest will probably be shared for at least a year. It’s okay.

4) I am really, really, enjoying Jonah Goldberg’s new book. It’s wonderfully entertaining, well-researched with historical tid-bits that are not too many, not too few, and he spends a surprising amount of time quoting Mr. Chesterton. Insomniac last night, I finally read enough to say “hell, yes, I recommend it. Highly.” I will likely be finishing it on the road. To the kid’s graduation.

Like life — everything in stages.

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  • http://egregioustwaddle.blogspot.com/ Joanne K McPortland

    Congratulations to all! And that is quite some christening dress. He looks like he has just been recognized as the latest incarnation of the Dalai Lama–the Buster Lama. Cover art for his first chart-topping album?

  • Jenny

    Congrats to Buster!

  • Cathym

    Oh gosh – it seems like it was just yesterday that he was starting college! Congratulations and blessings to all of you!

  • shana

    I am really, REALLY tired today. I read:

    2) I will subsequently be out of here on Friday as we travel because there will be, finally, pomping and circumcising

    and I was a wee bit alarmed whatkindofuniversitydoesthat?!. Then I read it again, slowly and out loud, and the All Clear sounded once again in my not-nearly-caffeinated-enough brain.

    Much congratulating to Buster. Prayers of thanksgiving shall commence!

  • http://www.friendsofportia.blogspot.com Judith L


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  • alexandrag

    CONGRATULATIONS to the entire gang, and especially to Buster. Enjoy the celebration.

  • CV

    Happy graduation!

    (He looks like a member of the royal family in that Baptism outfit :-)

  • http://obissister.com Obi’s Sister

    Congrats all around!

    I wish him the best of luck in the days to come. And may he always be adroit at avoiding Imperial Entanglements!

  • newton

    Congratulations, Buster! Your mama must be very proud of you!

    I still remember when your mama discussed your intellectual musings while still in high school. They grow up so fast!


    Believe it or not, my beautiful Little Fig is going to have a Preschool Graduation ceremony. (Don’t ask.)

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Hooray for Buster! (That’s a wonderful pic of him!)

  • Mila

    Congratulations, Buster! And my prayers will be with you that you may find a job in the field of your choice. In the meantime, as Mama says, there’s always bartending…