Thursday, August 4, 2011

On Perseverance and Proud Parents


Tomorrow evening, my husband and I intend to be seated in Southern California with 103 other sets of proud parents, happily attending the white coat ceremony that marks our youngest son's entry into medical school.

Apparently, the occasion is steeped in tradition, and each entering student will be welcomed and given a white coat with his or her name on it. The coat is tangible evidence that these young people have earned the right to spend the next few years of their lives becoming doctors. Later, they will recite words derived from the hippocratic oath, affirming their dedication and willingness to serve humanity in the best way they know how.

Todd will serve his future patients well, and I am proud of his perseverance. Getting to that white coat ceremony has not been an easy road, by any stretch of the imagination.

The fact that he's made it happen stretches MY imagination.

Congratulations, Todd!

And thanks for the inspiration.

=)

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49 comments:

Mormon Women: Who We Are said...

I'm hoping you can find a song about white coats somewhere. ;) Congrats to all. This is an exciting time.

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

Have your feet touched the ground yet??

Congratulations, Todd!

Strange said...

Congratulations to you and your son! You must be so proud! :)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Congrats to both of you, what an amazing accomplishment:@)

Stacy Crawford said...

Exciting! Congrats.

Jocelyn Christensen said...

There is a white coat song...the one that says "they're coming to take me away..ha ha...heee hee...they're coming to take me away!"

Congrats!

Pondside said...

What a wonderful moment it will be. Your son will need lots of loving support over the years of training, so it's lovely that you can be there, for him to look out and see, at the outset.

Laraine Eddington said...

I hear white coats lead to sleepless nights. Buckle up and hunker down!

Sue said...

Had to laugh out loud at Jocelyn's comment. That used to be one of my sister's favorite songs. And I have a feeling Todd will feel like singing it now and again in the crazy months and years of hard work ahead!

;)

Nancy said...

Once again..... you're "babies" make you proud!! I am so happy for Todd, especially knowing the effort it took him. Congratulations to Todd, you and Dave and may you and the rest of the family enjoy tomorrow. I will be thinking of you!!!!!!!!

lulumusing said...

Yahoo! You should be proud.
Thanks for stopping by today...do come again.

Jo said...

Three great "P" words!
~Jo

Barbara F. said...

Thanks for your visit. Congratulations, proud mama. xo

Amanda said...

How wonderful. Congratulations, Todd! :)

Stacia said...

Wow, what an accomplishment and the start of a long but fulfilling journey. Good luck to your son!!

storybeader said...

congrats. to Todd and proud parents! What a long haul! {:-D

anitamombanita said...

congrats to all of you! What an exciting moment that will be!

Robert Brault said...

Sue, I want to extend congratulations to Todd, tempered just a wee bit by my knowing of the advantage he has had in life being your son. (smile) My heartfelt best wishes for Todd's success. rb

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

Congratulation!! A wonderful milestone.

Yes, I do love my hydrangeas, too.

I'm your new follower. I hope that you will follow me, too.
Barb

Riet said...

Congratulations to you and your son. You must be so proud of him.

Andy said...

What proud parents you must be.

Congratulations to you, Todd & the rest of the family.

Thanks for sharing and for the visit too. Much appreciated.

Grandma Honey said...

I have 2 close friends whose sons have gone through this very thing and both are residents now, and both are engaged to be married a day apart next month. I've enjoyed updates through the years through them. And I'm looking forward to yours too!

What a special day this white coat ceremony must be!

Darlene said...

I am so thrilled that I am going to be there right along with you. I'm so grateful that he invited me. See you soon!

yaya said...

I'm so happy for Todd and you! What a great moment..it's blog worthy for sure! My Daughter-in-laws cousin just started his residency in Dayton, OH...I couldn't believe how fast his med school stint went. I know to him it probably didn't seem so fast, but he did great and so will Todd!

Karen Mortensen said...

Congratulations. What an awesome time for him and your family.

Ames said...

This is just wonderful and very touching Sue! Congrats to your son!~Ames

ellen b. said...

That's a huge accomplishment! Congrats to all of you and may all his studies and residencies and practice go very well!

Momza said...

Not many things that can top our joy in our children's accomplishments...sweetest moments ever. Congratulations to you all!

Brian Miller said...

woot! congrats todd and to two wonderful parents for raising such a son...smiles.

Cherie said...

Congratulations to Todd on his wonderful accomplishment and to his parents who helped to make it all possible and can now bask in the wonder!!

Your buttons have to be busting!!!

beckyp said...

How awesome You must be one proud mama Thanks for sharing

mom2kiddos said...

I can imagine you beaming with pride - and you have every reason to. COngrats to both you and your son for such an achievement!!

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

Congratulations, Todd!!

What a service to humanity, indeed! Yayy, for Todd and congratulations to you all! :)

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Congratulations! Such wonderful accomplishments to cherish! Enjoy!
Big Hugs,
Coralie

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Ah Sue Congradulations to all of you for such an accomplishment
I know that you are so overwhelmed with happiness and pride as you watch this ceremony this weekend.
God has chosen a very remarkable young man to take care of all in need of his care
Enjoy this time and sending you much love from Texas
Maggie

Gattina said...

Wow ! you have all reasons of the world to be proud ! Congratulations !!

Francisca said...

Fabulous P Post, Sue! Congratulations to proud parents and persevering son!

moondustwriter said...

congratulations - now that is something worthy of an ovation!!!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Sooo awesome, Sue! Hope it's a wonderful night for all of you!

☆☆Mumsy said...

Congratulation to Todd, and to you all. I truly believe that to get to the white coat wasn't easy. What an accomplishment.

Jenny said...

Oh hooray, hooray! Couldn't happen to a more wonderful family!

Connie said...

What an accomplishment. You deserve to be proud of your son.

Vicki aka Jake said...

Way late getting here this week. By now you've been to this awesome ceremony, and how very Proud you are...:) It will be interesting to see how he progresses in this journey. Keep smiling Sue:)

karen said...

How was the ceremony? I can't wait to hear all about it. I feel like I've been gone forever! Big congratulations to Todd and to you, his most supportive family! I expect to hear great things.

myorii said...

Aww, Congratulations Todd and to you and your husband! You two have raised a fine young man and he will go on to help so many people in his profession. I would be proud too :)

Joy For Your Journey said...

Congratulations!! So exciting. I know it has been a long road. How nice to have finally arrived at this point.

Cheryl said...

Bravo!

mamahearmeroar said...

Congratulations to you and Todd! What a momentous occasion. Your heart must be singing!

Amy said...

I have to say, when I talk about my brother the doctor, it is always with such pride, and I know it will be the same for you with Todd. What a great time for you and him!

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