Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Graduation Day

CONGRATULATIONS, GUS: Angus looking incredibly dapper, sporting his Archie Stouffer Elementary School Grade 8 diploma, his new suit and the silver chain Dave and I gave him as a graduation present.

GROUP SHOT: From left, my ex Doug's parents, Jack and Mary, Doug, Angus, Sam, me and Dave. Thanks to my Mom for taking the photo!

GREAT LOOKING COUPLE: My adorable mom and my adorable son.

STACHE ALERT: Sometimes a good bow tie needs a moustache.
LOOK SEXY, SAM: So he did.

THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN: Angus and his friends all dressed up with some place to go - the Grade 8 graduation dance. Watch out, girls!
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."  

– Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles," 1992 (commonly misattributed to Nelson Mandela, 1994 inauguration speech)


  1. My God, Cathy...such beautiful (yes, I said "beautiful". What's he gonna do? Hunt me down? I'll just run away...)boys you have! I'm loving both the blue hair and the huge grin. Please tell him congrats from me...oh, the hearts he'll break! (I have many thoughts on the body language in that group photo but I'll keep it to myself...for now.)

  2. So nicely coordinated! How proud you must be of him.

  3. Congratulations, Angus! And congrats to you, too, Cathy. What a proud moment (and you look gorgeous - love the dress!).

  4. Thanks, guys! OH - I almost forgot to mention TODAY IS MY MOM'S BIRTHDAY! Happy Birthday, Mom! Love ya!

  5. I love his blue hair... I STILL need to color mine.

    These photos are great. I can imagine how proud you are (with that tinge of sadness that your baby is growing up way too fast)--I will be there next year with Gabe (Goob).

    Holy CARP! Are you ready for Highschool? It still works the same in Canada, right?

    Scares me to death. Good luck to you and Angus, of course :-).



  6. Left to Right in that last pic is: Austin, Marques, Vito, Peter, Nick, Myself, Matthew, Thomas, and sadly James.

  7. Awww, does Angus ever look good in his suit. It sure doesn't take long for them to grow up. You must be one proud mama.

    Other observations: You look just like your mom. And Sam is such a cutie.

  8. Beauty, eh. And righteous. That quote is incredible.

  9. Congrats Gustafer!

    Nice pics Cathy... I like the Blue on black - Classy! And the chain he's wearing over the tie is a nice touch too. Loved the quote as well.

    You gotta be a proud Mama - you're doin' a great job to get them this far along. Keep it up... it only gets harder so enjoy the "Easy times" while you can... lol!

  10. Kinda wish I would have dyed my hair blue for graduation. Happy graduation to him!

  11. A wonderful celebration! What fun.

  12. I've read that quote before and had forgotten it. What a great thought it is.
    Looks like quite the fun graduation event.

    Tossing It Out

  13. So sorry I am late to this - A big and hearty congrats to all! And yes to that quote.

  14. I don't know how you were allowed to go to your graduation with that hair color, I wish I were to go to my graduation like that but I wasn't allowed to do it.


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