“If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.” ~Haim Ginott
This week’s blog is late, but for a very special reason. At Convocation this week Cheryl and I celebrated that proudest of moments as Queen’s parents. Our daughter Joanna received her Master’s degree in public administration (MPA). And, in one of the most wonderful traditions of being a faculty member at Queen’s University, I was able to hood Joanna when she received her degree.
At the ceremony, I was struck by several very powerful feelings that I am sure many other Queen’s parents in the audience shared. Time passes so quickly, and the time with your children is precious. A sense of awe in being reminded, profoundly, of what a talented and remarkable young women, our “little girl” has become!
Oh yes, and pride. To the “nth” degree! Today, we celebrate our Joanna’s accomplishment with the understanding that our children are our greatest accomplishment and greatest joy.
As Dean, I have had the great honour of participating in several convocation ceremonies for Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences. They have all been special, but none can hold a candle to what today has meant to me, and to Cheryl. “Proud parents” doesn’t even begin to describe it…
Congratulations to all of the Queen’s parents and families at Convocation this week. If you have any stories about being a Queen’s parent and convocation, please drop me a line, or better yet drop by the Macklem House… my door is always open.