A teary moment at 256

Friday, June 02, 2017

A teary moment at 256

Doctor Baier Rakowski

...earlier today when Jeanne and I watched a live streaming video of her capped and begowned son Baier graduate from the Western University of Health Sciences as a Doctor of Osteopathy.

The "D" word as far as my wife is concerned, is the operative one because it allows her to borrow a line from that old Mike Nichols and Elaine May mother and son sketch:

"...and that man is a doctor."

When Baier...

Jeanne: "...that's Doctor Baier!"

...graduated from...

Jeanne: "...um, graduated Summa Cum Laude from..."

...SUNY Plattsburg in the middle of the last decade, his mother was convinced that if he didn't immediately go to grad school, Dick Cheney would have him drafted and sent to Iraq to be murdered by unshaven heathens.

Baier had other plans, ones his mother felt were, at best, nebulous, and did nothing to allay her anxiety that she was fated to become a Gold Star Mother!

For his part, my step-son collected some life experience here and in Europe, relocated to a series of jobs on the West Coast, and then when he felt ready for the commit­ment, applied to Med school.

Today was the culmination of his endeavors, and his sister Kate documented it with her iPhone.

Jeanne and I watched it... and there wasn't a dry eye in the room!


1. JoAnn said...

Congratulations to Doctor Baier, Jeanne and you. A great day indeed.

Thank you for your good wishes.

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