I'm beyond proud! His class was around 200 kids, maybe as many as 225, and the ceremeny was short and sweet. My 85-year-old father and I sat in an overflow area without tickets (a brand-spanking-new, state-of-the-art auditorium with every acoutrement imaginable, and a HUGE video display, a truly amazing facility). His name is, as mine, Yaffe (Russian Jew), so we waited till the end of the alphabet (he was fourth from the end!) to see him accept his sheepskin. His plans? He will be leaving in the beginning of August to attend an honor academy in Texas, 50 miles east of Dallas IIRC, for a year, to sort out his immediate future. Thereafter he'll have a chance to go on to 4-year college if he chooses. This interim move is a good thing, he has ADHD and definitely needs to take things slowly before he catches on! His emphasis will be music, as a singer with praise and worship groups. He's been accepted to this program, and if he stays with it, he will attend Oral Roberts University on reduced tuition. I'm thrilled to see him studying music, following after his father, and the opportunities that lie before him. At 18 years old, he's an adult now, and has the freedom that eluded him in his mother's custody. He'll be leaving his job at McDonald's to relocate and I will miss him massively. His graduation present? That's easy, a vintage stereo system (his request!)! Good Luck, John Michael Yaffe, the world awaits.
Tomorrow we return to the audio/musical world that surrounds me like a warm overcoat (hardly necessary in out current weather - 90 degree temperatures!). We need rain severely in the St. Louis metro-east area! So, as always, keep your tubes hot and your antenna up! See you tomorrow!