It’s very late Saturday night/early Sunday morning and the apartment directly next door is blasting dance music making it nearly impossible for us to sleep. Maggie has donned the earplugs that have allowed her to withstand the nightly blasts of the freight train horns but I know better than to believe that the same simple earplugs will squelch the noise pollution that’s penetrating the shared wall between the speakers and our bed. On any other day this would suck and no doubt result in a not-so-friendly visit from Chris. But today, uniquely, it doesn’t matter. It’s been a great, great, fantastic day. Today Maggie graduated from Baylor Law School. And I just can’t wipe the smile from my face. I am so, so proud.
We just spent the last 3 or so hours at Treff’s bar and grill offering final goodbyes and best wishes to many of her classmates, many of whom I’ve become quite attached. Plied with cheap liquor, the fresh graduates spewed stories of respect, honor and amazement for Maggie. She listened humbly as the stories were told while honoring those who told the stories with her embarrassment. The entire evening was absolutely surreal. I’ve experienced surreal before but this night… this was pure. The friends that I’ve met here, those with which Maggie has lived daily for the last few years, all paid respects. Even parents of the students searched Maggie out to pay respects. They all knew who she was. They all knew the story. And the all felt the need to explain to Maggie what she meant to them – how Maggie (site unseen) had changed their lives.. It was unexpected. And it was absolutely amazing. It’s quite possibly the most amazing thing I’ve ever witnessed. As a result, I can say this – I am a changed man.
The graduation itself was long but rich with quality. Maggie was appropriately honored numerous times for her efforts with standing ovations. There are many more stories to be told but I’m tired and had my fill of beer. Suffice to say it was a good, good day. We are both so thankful that we had the opportunity to experience this day and, as an added bonus, got to share it with our friends and family. Thank you to all of you. It just would not be the same with out each and every one of you.
Personally, I’m so absolutely proud of Maggie. She is my hero, my best friend, my confidant and my lover. She is a part of my life that much like my heart is part of my life.
Great job today, Maggie. And great job not tripping on stage. J
Wow, what a day!