After eight years of going to school (technically nine since he took a year off to build our house and get married), Matt finally graduated from college with his bachelors degree in May of 2007 in Mechanical Engineering - when I was VERY pregnant with Sydney. I wasn't sure I'd make it to his graduation ceremony, but I did, thank goodness! He is the only person in his family to have accomplished this goal. His parents were so proud.
One of the gifts they gave him was a Dr. Seuss book titled, "Oh, The Places You'll Go!"
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!
Matt and I had read this book a few times to the kids, and when we did, it was such a positive symbol of Matt's accomplishments and high hopes for the future - so full of promise.
Now when I read it to the kids, it's like a kick in the stomach. Even Matt's mom (who read it to them during her last visit) agrees that the book is horrid.
As much as I want to burn it, I just can't bring myself to do it.