Against the odds.
June 14, 2011
This child was born into interesting circumstances. His parent’s wedding was planned around his fathers high school track meet. His mother dropped out of her first year of university. The young 18-year-old father got a job at the mill. His young mother worked the late shift at Denny’s to help out. They lived in a trailer, eighteen months later they had another chid, a daughter. Two children before the age of 21. This was a bit of a tradition on the dad’s side of the family, he was born to a sixteen year old.
You know the story.
You know how it usually ends. (or repeats itself)
But this time something different happened.
These young parents had supportive people. The new grandparents sat them down. At least one of you needs to go to college, we’ll pay. The young man was chosen to go first. It was tough and they worked as they did it. They lived in family dorms. While other 21 year olds were at frat parties, they changed diapers and paid bills. Finally, he graduated, then she did.
She now has her masters degree in social work. So does he.
She works with teen mothers. He is a councillor.
And now their eldest, the child who blessed this family 22 years ago, also graduates.
Congratulations to my handsome nephew, Jordan, my sister and brother-in-law, and to my loving parents.
All of you inspire me.