Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pivotal Moments



There were long discussions around the Sportman's home last evening. My Daughter is in the enviable yet stress-laden position of having to choose which College to attend next year. She has been accepted at some excellent schools and is having a hard time making the selection. As her Father, I endeavour to offer useful advice. I hope I am being helpful and providing meaningful guidance based on my experience and knowledge.
For many high school seniors this is one of the first really important and difficult choices they make in the transition from kid to adult. Liz is certainly cognizant of the gravity of the choice and is trying to approach the decision intelligently.
All of this led me to think back on some pivotal events in my own life.
Two of these events are pictured here. The first is the day I met U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan. This photo was taken in his Chambers on a day we visited him and attended Court and saw Lawrence Tribe argue the Pennzoil v. Texaco case. One of my best friends from Lehigh is Brennan's Great-Nephew and that is how the visit was arranged. Meeting this brilliant Jurist cemented my desire to attend Law School and pursue a career as a Lawyer.
The second photo is the moment I was instructed to "kiss the bride" at my wedding. My wife and I had been dating since high school, but in this captured moment, it was now official. Marrying this wonderful lady was one of the best things to have happened in my life.
Pivotal moments and events that shape and dictate our futures; we often see them coming and recognize them as they happen.Sometimes we do not. My daughter is experiencing a pivotal event presently and I fervently wish the result for her is as postive as as these moments were for me.

8 comments:

Sundresses and Smiles said...

i am thinking good thoughts for her..those days don't seem too long ago for me! things have a way of working themselves out, so i'm sure she'll end up where she's meant to be!

Raulston said...

I know from firsthand experience how nerve raking the whole experience can be. This next year I will be applying to M-School and if undergraduate was any precursor it is going to be a wild ride! Best of luck to her in her decisions.

Preppy 101 said...

I see this every year - that important decision about college. I did always tell my seniors that college is not a "sentencing" so to speak. If after all the research and visiting and praying, they get there and find they have made a mistake and it isn't a good fit - well, they can transfer their sophomore year. I found that sometimes that advice relieved a bit of the pressure and made their task a little easier. Your daughter has wonderful guidance and support. She will do fine!! xoxo

JMW said...

What great moments to include in this post - love the photo of you kissing the Mrs.! Best of luck to your daughter - I realize this is a stressful time for her and her parents, so keeping you guys in my thoughts. Onward!

James said...

Your point is so well made, no further comment is warranted. Good luck to your daughter, you are a lucky man.

Ford said...

Great post, I'm sure you gave her the advice and guidance only a caring and concerned father could. Best of luck to her!

LPC said...

Congratulations to her, and good luck in the decision process. Both my kids have been through this. I think if you let them do what they need to do, then, no matter how it works out, there's a good chance that they will find a way to think they made the best choice. All my best.

JKG said...

Look at those reporters!!

But don't they make a lovely wall-covering? Speed. We lose so much to our need for it; dead-tree reporters perhaps least of all.