Paul L. Caron

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Graduation Day, Part II

Jayne Last year, I blogged my son Reed's graduation from high school. Last Friday, my daughter Jayne graduated from high school, which means my wife and I will be official "empty nesters" in two short months.

Jayne, congratulations! I want you to know that it was one of the great joys of my life to watch you accept the awards for top female scholar-athlete and co-valedictorian of your class.  Although I plead guilty to fatherly bragging, lest folks think I am exaggerating, here are your teacher's words in giving you the award as the top English student:

Ebullient, brilliant, and blond…Jayne has been a force of nature in every English class she has taken at Country Day.

In addition to straight A’s for four years, Jayne earned an 800 in the SAT Critical Reading, an 800 on the SAT Writing tests, and a 5 on the English Literature AP.

A voracious and insightful reader, Jayne, by the start of tenth grade, had already read nearly all of the books assigned in honors English—on her own.

After she finished her AP exams last spring, Jayne needed something to keep her busy. So she sat in on other English classes, taking quizzes, contributing to discussion, just having fun -- typical high school stuff.

An unabashedly passionate student and a real thinker, Jayne will argue her point in the classroom and then into the halls, even if arrayed against her is the rest of the student body.

Jayne is that very rare thing— a thoughtful reader, an independent thinker and an utterly self-confident person. all that, and only 18 years old.

Jayne, I am grateful for the close relationship we now enjoy after surviving some rocky times in your early teens. Although your mother and I recently gave you a hard time when you celebrated your 18th birthday by getting a tattoo, we were secretly honored that you chose to have our and your brother’s initials –- PCR –- permanently stained into your skin. Your beauty, spunk, creativity, razor-sharp mind, quick wit, and herculean work ethic (only one of which qualities you inherited from me) promise an incredibly bright future. Your mother and I love you beyond measure. Our home and our lives will be emptier without our beloved "force of nature" in our daily midst. But we are excited about your future and will be cheering you on every step of the way.

In honor of our time together before you head out into the world on your own, here is a journey down memory lane of our experiences that I have chronicled on this blog:

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Congratulations Jayne and Paul. You two are an inspiration.

Posted by: Charlotte | Jun 10, 2010 6:10:46 PM

Congratulations Paul. While it seems the end of an era, and it surely is, and though there will be for a time a "black hole" which your daughter filled for so long, it really does keep getting better. I will always remember our daughter's Princeton graduation which 3 of 4 grandparents proudly attended, her Oxford fellowship and eventual Ph.D., her marriage to Doug (of whom we whole heartedly adopted), her appointment as a visiting professor at Pepperdine U., which has been extended another year, and her two beautiful children, Mira (5) and Sam (almost 3)who are the joy of their grandparents, all add to the years that follow. Your daughter will continue, I am sure, to bring you and your wife joy all your days. You are blessed.

Posted by: Al Golbert | Jun 10, 2010 5:51:54 PM

Congratulations, and thank you for sharing your happiness with us!

Posted by: AMTbuff | Jun 10, 2010 11:32:32 AM

Congratulations to your happy family and to your daughter - tattoo and all! You won't have to worry about her being successful.

Posted by: Woody | Jun 10, 2010 10:08:29 AM

Wonderful post, Paul, and a nice trip down memory lane. Your children are blessed to have you as their father. While I shamelessly steal your tax-related posts for my own blog, it's the moving, personal posts, like this one, that I find the best. Thanks for this and the others.

Posted by: Pete Terranova | Jun 10, 2010 6:34:08 AM

Congratulations, Paul!

Posted by: Joe Kristan | Jun 10, 2010 5:01:22 AM