Auxerunt Romae tumultum litterae ex Gallia allatae ab L. Porcio praetore: Hasdrubalem movisse, ex hibernis et iam Alpes montes transire; [Livy, The Metaurus Campaign, Book 27, Stanzas 39 51]
Translation: Anxiety was increased in
Indeed, this was the case of heightened tension around our house
leading up to the end of the semester as our first daughter was heading
towards possible graduation from
Before taking an evening flight from
Vije started first grade at Groombridge
My trip to
Above are the dinner participants at the
As usual, we never finish our dinners, and we always leave the restaurants with doggie bags. (I finished my margarita, though!).
After dinner I went to join John Penn at the Elks Lodge where he is the Grand Pupa (as in el Hancho!!). We drank a lot of Australian Shiraz wine and went to sleep quite late. As a result I over slept and did not make it for my golf game with Effie on time. We finally made it to Mountaneer Golf Club at 11 AM and took two large baskets of golf balls and went to the driving range. I showed Effie a few tricks about how to hit a 7-iron with spin (the trick is to hit the ball first on a downwards motion and pick up a divot after the ball had gone (I told her); and also to make sure that the golf clubs are clean, exposing the grooves that give you the spin. Effie hits the ball with a beautiful hook, just like Annika Sorenstam!!!
The initial festivities started for real on Saturday afternoon with Farais
cousin, Linda, graduating with a summa cum laude degree in
nursing at the
Uncle Philip had driven all the way from
The world really moves fast. It was just like yesterday that I was moving around at the WVU admissions office shopping around Lindas papers for admission into the Nursing school. Now, she is a graduate!!!! 4 years is quite a short time the older you get. The 4 years I spent in graduate school in Boston almost lasted a lifetime: the cars I bought and drove, the jobs I took up, the apartments I lived in, the (super) girlfriend I had it all seemed to take such a long time, but my daughters graduations seemed to have happened in a flash (Jumping Jack Flash its a GAS!).
Talk of raining on our parade, but, rain it did after Lindas ceremony. We all made a bee line to Vijes moms home for family get-together at about . My son had braaied some chicken and hot dogs and Mwale (Vijes mom) made a killer Lasagna!! Many of Vijes friends were there, at the do.
There we are at the party at Mwales place on Saturday evening, the 14th of March. From left to right are Daddy Vije (me, of course!), Mwale, Auntie Rebecca and Uncle Philip, reclining and enjoying the soft life and basking in the glory of our childrens success. (we will get it any way we can!!)
Here is the cake bought by Uncle Philip for the graduating cousins, Vije,
Linda and Shupi.
It is actually written in the gold and blue colors of
Unfortunately, the other cousin, Melvin, had to work until late in
Above is Melvin and his lovely young family. Danai does not know that soon she will not be the youngest in the family.
This is a picture I took of my children in the late summer of 1990
in the beautiful city of
Vije, now, at 21; with Mom and Uncle Philip. Uncle is cradling the indispensable glass of whiskey (the finer art of living whiskey for my men and beer for my horses!!!)
The family party was GREAT!!! And we left with a little of everything food, beer, nostalgia, and hope for a bright future as a strong family unit. As someone once said: we should hang together or we will surely hang separately! Me and Uncle Philip left the party at 1 AM and went back to the Elks Lodge. We finally got to sleep at and on Sunday, we were ready for the big day.
Vijes graduation from Morgantown High, June 3, 2001. Four years later