On the heels of a horrendous decision in North Carolina, and with rain falling in Philadelphia on men and women sleeping on grates to keep warm, it’s been tough to look on the bright side.
Fortunately, various news outlets chose to highlight the accomplishments of Gac Filipaj, a hard-working immigrant who recently graduated with honors from Columbia University. As a “late bloomer,” who graduated from college with other late-bloomers — including some Boomers — I always find these accounts touching and inspirational. Mr. Filipaj noted that he wished his father could have seen him go to school. I wish he could have, too, just as I wish my German-immigrant-school-teacher grandmother had live long enough to see me graduate. I’m sure, though, that the elder Mr. Filipaj would be proud…and, depending upon one’s beliefs about what happens after death, he probably is proud right now. And me? I’m thinking I may still decide to get a master’s, and do it by the time I’m 55.
Congratulations, Mr. Filipaj! Your hard work –and I’m sure you’re father’s influence — really paid off. Enjoy the next chapter of your life and studies, and I hope we get to hear when you complete your Master’s too!