Last night I told my mother that save for the board of regents signatures my tenure is approved.
I received these today:
They were accompanied by this note:
You are awesome.
But did you know you were adopted?
Mom & Dad
I love my mom. A LOT. And my dad- well, the quirky sense of humor stands out (Please- I need a break from personal revelations for a while) but really the importance of my dad in my life and career trajectory can not be underestimated.
HALLMARK CARD ALERT
So thanks go to you Mom and Dad- you stood behind me no matter what, supporting me through so much (I’m sure you never thought I’d be off your payroll), helping me through everything from the trivial- being heartbroken over that guy in high school, to the more momentous- moves, marriage, career transitions, a tenure track job, the death of friends, the birth of children, and the juggling of a million responsibilities. I see now from raising my own kids that what you go through with me isn’t easy (and I don’t even have direct personal experience raising my own teenager yet). Thanks for your quiet calm, your jokes at all the right moments, and mostly your love and support. I’m tremendously lucky to have you as parents.
(We will now return to our regularly scheduled programming of unsolicited advice and snarky commentary. )