One week, two graduations

This past week, my daughter Catherine graduated from 8th grade. On Sunday, Tom Jr. donned a white tux and graduated from St. Louis U High.

So Tom’s off to college and Catherine is off to high school. Grade school is now a thing of the past in our household

We’ll have one in college and two in high school. Time sure flies when you’re having fun.

And when they say, (whoever they are), “Who knows where the time goes?” – they’re right.

It flies by. When your kids are first born it’s all a blur. But then they’re walking. And talking. Next thing you know, they’re off to pre-school and when kindergarten hits, you think, “this is a big step.” And it is.

Because it never slows down from there. Everything accelerates. Now, our family is done with grade school. In a few more games, I’ll be done coaching softball and done coaching for the rest of my life.

That’s a bummer. It’s fun to coach. Grade school years were fun years. Both Michael and Tom Jr. have loved their experience at St. Louis U High. It’s truly an awesome school, so different from when I went there but yet, fundamentally so much the same. SLUH gets in your blood (pardon the pun). You realize while you’re attending there what a great place it is and then, once you’re done, you realize you’re ready to move on.

So Tom Jr. will be attending St. Louis University in the fall. Catherine will be a freshman at Nerinx. Michael will be an upperclassman at SLUH.

They’ll all do great.

Right now, Tom Jr. is about to depart for China for a two week excursion with SLUH’s Varsity Chorus, continuing to go places and do things that I’ve never done and that’s what life’s all about.

Get out there and live it.

Always live in the present. Remember the past. Try a bit to plan for the future but know that if you’re looking more than two or three weeks down the road, you may be overlooking the joys of right now.

I’m a proud papa. I’ve got an awesome wife. I shot in the 70s today in golf for the first time in a long time.

To quote a great singer from my far distant past, “Life’s been good to me so far.”