Last week my nephew, Alex, graduated with a 4.4 average from High School.
As his godmother, I remember all the stages of his childhood. For years, around his birthday, we had a tradition of spending a day together. Sometimes we would carve pumpkins or I would take him to a movie. I took him to his Broadway play, Wicked.
About six years ago, our tradition of spending a day together for his birthday stopped. But I understood, he had bigger and better things to do. He got involved with Habitat For Humanity and has traveled to Chicago and Puerto Rico to build homes for the homeless. By giving of himself, my nephew discovered spirituality.
That spirituality has served him in good stead over the past couple years, as he's moved to a different part of the country and shuttled back and forth between his mom and dad.
Alex has a bright future ahead of him. He wants to be a doctor and is going to a college with an outstanding pre-med program, Elon University in North Carolina. My mom, brother and I can't wait to see how Alex will blossom and grow over the next four years as he crosses the bridge to adulthood.
He has proven to be an academic overchiever throughout school and it will be pleasure to see him move into a career that saves people's lives.
Congratuations, Alex, we are so proud of you!