Yesterday, Matt had the privilege of spending time as Jodie Meeks Sharpie-assistant at Pikeville High School. Of all the children chosen from the surrounding crowd, Matt, alone was selected. He sat at a table and handed Jodie markers to autograph posters. For his labors, Matthew came home with a free autographed copy of several varieties of posters. At the end of the day Matt exclaimed, “I had an awesome day!”
We, as a family, had an good day and I had one of Matt’s awesome days. Mark had insisted for many days on attending my graduation ceremony at Georgetown College. The physical stress on his body would surely reduce his numbered days on this earth. We pulled out of the driveway at 10:00 this morning and returned about 9:30 this evening. This required Mark to sit for several hours in the Suburban and then several hours for my graduation. He had a brief reprieve from sitting upon a sore backside when we stopped for dinner at my parent’s house in Winchester. The kids and I ate supper while Mark slept on Mom’s couch.
Today, I fulfilled the last requirement for my master’s degree, that of attending the graduation ceremony. The faculty of Georgetown treated me with celebrity status much like the treatment Matthew must have felt when seated beside Jodie Meeks. Of some two hundred fifty graduates receiving degrees I alone received the only student award. Mark rose from his wheelchair, clapping, as I accepted my award. It represented a team effort of sacrifice upon the part of my children and Mark. Thank you Mark, Mark, Jr., Katie, Michael, Christine and Matthew for taking up the slack and dealing with a wife/mother who many times felt like she was losing her mind. Thank you Lord for providing me an awesome day!