"Actually, I'm insanely proud of him, period. After HS he joined the Navy and worked as a nuclear reactor operator. After we got married he worked nights and went to school days to get his Bachelor's Degree. And then, with a toddler and baby at home, he worked full-time and did night classes to get his Master's Degree."
While going through the motions of all of that, it doesn't seem like a lot. But seeing it written down for posterity, it clearly WAS a lot! He went to school days while I was at work, then worked nights while I slept. It was a long four years of shiftwork, feeling like two ships passing in the night. His first week of classes for the Master's was also Sean's first few weeks of life. It felt overwhelming at the time, having a toddler and a new baby at home while he was going to school. Two nights a week, out of the house. Studying and homework on other nights and weekends, too. Having to let things fall by the wayside, like landscaping or puttering in his workshop downstairs. Planning things around the school schedule. Bringing homework on vacation.
Today was his last class. It's done: Master's in Information Technology earned. He's happy to be done, and me, I'm just incredibly proud that he did it. I know that there was lots of times when he took a look around and considered giving up. But he didn't. I don't know if I could have done what he has done.
Well done, darling. The boys and I are so very proud of you. You did it!