What milestones do you recognize?
There are many throughout a year: birthdays, anniversaries, and remembrances.
What about summative milestones? Which ones are important?
So a bit of Jeopardy here.
Answer under “Milestone” for $100: All 5 remaining children of Bob and Mary. (my parents)
Answer under “Milestone” for $200: 9 grandchildren of Bob and Mary
Answer under “Milestone” for $300: 1 great grandchild of Bob and Mary
Answer under “Milestone” for $400: Katarina Britane Rose last night
Answer under “Milestone” for $500: 3 “kids” with 4 degrees in two generations
Commercial Break: Do you know what the theme is? Even if you are not a family member, can you make a guess about what this milestone is?
And the Bonus Round: Link
It’s a common topic and as you can see above, there’s a high frequency in my family.
This post last year has links to six other posts with some topical story.
Did you get every question right? Let’s check . . .
$100: How many living children are college graduates? (5/5 or All – some multiple, multiple times and would probably involve higher math or algebra)!
$200: How many grandchildren are college graduates?
$300: How many great grandchildren are college graduates? (Keeping in mind that these 15 kids range from 22 to 3 months!)
$400: Who was the most recent graduate and when?
$500: How many doctors in the family? (3 have 4 doctorates. PhD, PhD and M.D., and PhD)
Bonus Round: What is “Pomp and Circumstance”?
Would it surprise you to know that this is one of my most favorite songs?
I wrote about it 5 years ago as a system of “reading” unlike words but filled with symbols and cymbals, figuratively and metaphorically. Link
What do I value? Education!
And what a celebration! But that also means on the road!
What summative milestones do you celebrate?
What traditions surround those celebrations?
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The well-deserved graduation bling:
#SOL18: The Power of Eight
The Power of Eight
It was in the eighth month
That I first counted his fingers and toes
All perfectly formed
That babe of mine.
It was in the year 08
That he graduated from high school
Ready to challenge the world
And to venture forth.
And in his eighth year of service
Fort Jackson, Fort Hood, Fort Knox, and Fort Campbell
Overseas deployments numbering two
He’s now a second lieutenant.
In the year 18
A college graduate
Ready for the next chapter
With his family every growing!
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#SOL18: March 17
Once upon a time, we celebrated in a city where they turn the river green, have a parade that is hours long, and a college graduation with tents, champagne, and fancy, fancy parties. It was St. Patrick’s Day. The city was Chicago. It seemed as if the entire city was celebrating. (And here’s a link to 2018 St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Chicago.) Literally, the Chicago River is dyed green!
We were there for a college graduation; my brother was graduating from the University of Chicago. Fast forward a couple of decades, and he’s now back in the Chicago area. A pizza lover. A Giordano’s pizza lover. And we have made many other trips: wedding, graduation, and football games.
How many of these Chicago attractions do you know?
American Girl Store
High Tea at the Drake
Lincoln Park Zoo
Sears Tower / Willis Tower
Lake Michigan cruise
Museum of Science and Industry
Field Museum of Natural History
Frank Lloyd Wright home
Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple
VanderCook College of Music Graduation
What memories do you collect on your travels?
Is it the wonder and awe of that first visit?
Is it the joy of sharing your love of the city with others?
What else would you add to the list of “must see locations” in Chicago?
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#SOL16: A Favor
It began with an email. Late Sunday evening, an email in my inbox with the subject, “Five pound favor, please.” I was on the receiving end of chuckles from colleagues every time I recounted the story. Was it not believable? Was it too far from the norm?
And then the box arrived. A perfect cube. Two foot by two foot by two foot. Except for its size, totally inconspicuous in a normal, brown cardboard box. Two layers of packing bubbles hid the goods. Oh, no the corner of the bag was open! White and teal orbs peeked out from around the bag. Fortunately for me the box had arrived early. I had some leisure time to study the size and shape. How would it be best to repack this package for its safe trip to Florida?
On the day of the flight I had my typical early morning pre-dawn arrival at the Des Moines International Airport. My boarding pass and ID were verified in the TSA pre-check line. Easy peasey! No waiting! My phone was in the bowl. My two carry-on bags were on the conveyor belt as I strolled through the scanner. No hands over head. No stopping to hold a pose. The line was moving quickly, quietly, efficiently! And then the line slowed. The man in front of me had his carry-on bag inspected by hand. I saw the location of his bag as my items slowly emerged on the conveyor belt. Phone, check. Computer bag, check. I held my breath. Oh, no, the turquoise carry-on bag was pulled off the line to be inspected.
Darn it. All because of my favor. I wish I could have seen how indistinguishable that item looked in the top of my bag. A Thermos lunch bag cooler, five pounds of teal and white candies inside, carefully cocooned in two layers of bubble wrap to keep them from crumbling and occupying approximately one-third of the space in my carry-on bag.
Have you ever wondered about which candy is most popular? The Mars company claims its M&Ms® are the most popular chocolate candy in the world. The coated candies were created in the 1930s in order to add a chocolate candy to soldiers’ meals that would not melt. How are they made? The candies begin as liquid chocolate poured into tiny molds. They are then “tumbled” to make the chocolate center smooth and rounded. After they harden, a liquid chocolate and corn syrup coating is sprayed on them. Multiple coats. Multiple drying times. The color is the very last coat that is applied. You can read more about how M&Ms® are made here. Additional factoids about M&Ms® can be found through google searches. I wondered how many M&Ms® were in my five pound package? At one point, I had around 2500 M&Ms® in my possession.
My favor, requested by my favorite younger sister, was to deliver five pounds of teal and white M&Ms® for my favorite oldest Florida nephew’s graduation party. The company would not ship them in May to Davie, Florida because of the fear of melting. So after a 1500 mile special delivery trip, here is what the hand stamped M&Ms® looked like and why a TSA screener in Iowa is still asking his peers, “Did you know that M&Ms® could be printed with a picture on them and all kinds of other sayings?”
Have you had personalized M&Ms®? Did you ever wonder about their creation? Or their delivery to their final destination? What stories could your M&Ms® tell?
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Visual structures of this draft of the essay above based on my current understanding of Chapter 3: The Journey is Everything.
- The favor – 5 paragraphs
- M&Ms® – 1 paragraph
- Questions for readers – 1 paragraph
- Introduction to the favor – 1
- The story- 3 paragraphs
- M&Ms® – 1
- The specifics of the favor – 1
- Questions for readers – 1
- The mystery – 2 paragraphs
- DSM airport story (the mystery continues) – 2 paragraphs
- M&Ms® – 1
- The favor revealed (including picture) – 1
- Questions for readers – 1
- The Favor
- Mini-story – hint (2 paragraphs)
- Explicit reveal (with picture)
- Involve reader with questions