Friday, May 18, 2012
Pardon, your pride is showing.
One of my nephews (I have nine of them - this one's about in the middle of the pack) is graduating from Tulane University tomorrow and has won a Fulbright grant to conduct research in China. He spent his junior year in Taiwan and China, becoming fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese and then taking courses at Chinese universities. He'll leave in September to begin his research on Chinese ethnic minorities' romance, dating, marriage, and child-rearing traditions.
(The Fulbright program was founded in 1945/46 by the U.S. Congress for the "promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science." There's more here.)
When one of my other nephews graduated from Tulane a few years ago (hmmm...7 years ago!), G was still well enough for us to travel the 1,000 miles to New Orleans to be there for his graduation. It was a wonderful occasion and felt so good to be part of a celebration for such a milestone.
For so many reasons, I wish we were going to be there tomorrow for this milestone. My heart will be there!
Posted by Ginnie