Wednesday, March 6, 2013

(Not Really) Wordless Wednesday


I know that everyone does not value higher education, and that's perfectly fine.  My mom/grandparents didn't either and they were perfectly okay.  I, however, do place a high value upon it.
It was my line of work for a very long time, and I have seen the tremendous benefits it has brought to a great number of people.  So when my oldest son dropped out of his college to join the military (he had four years paid in full) I was beyond distraught, and I was scared.

A few years have passed now, and that same child, still active in the military has gone back to school.  In fact, he's almost to the half way point of his BA.  Recently while visiting us on vacation, and even before brushing his hair, lol, he made it a priority to get his homework done. He even left the room when everyone meandered in and starting talking, so he could concentrate and do his work in peace.  I'm proud of him for lots of things, but I have to say, that dedication to his studies really did my heart good.  Cheers to letting them make their own way, and double cheers when they do it and it has a happy ending (which his did with or without school).

75 comments:

Betty Taylor said...

That's wonderful!

Colette S said...

Ahh yes! It's wonderful when you get to see the process of life come towards a circle.

I'm sure your prayers are being answered in so many ways.

Cheers to you mom and to your son!

Jen said...

Absolutely wonderful! :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love this post. I am a firm believer in the value of education as well (though I am a bit biased since I work in the field haha). Sounds like your son is making a very bright future for himself.

Maria said...

You must be so proud of your son!! That's wonderful!
Have a sweet day! Xoxo
Maria

Masshole Mommy said...

I can tell that you're a really proud mama - as well you should be. He can always go back to school later.

Theresa said...

That is so great Rosey! Good for him! I am a firm believer that education is key to getting places in life.

Terri said...

Rosey! We want to Thank your Son for his service! Being a Soldier is a rough job! So THANK YOU for putting country first and Best Wishes on your education! You have a wonderful Son! Education is awesome, as long as you use it! Good job Mom!

stevebethere said...

That was a lovely post Rosey I am sure you done the right thing in letting him find his own way he is a credit to you, you must be very proud and most of all he must be very proud of himself.:-)

Thanks for stopping by, Have a fantastico rest of week

Kristi said...

I'm with Terri on this one. Thank him for his service and way to go on going for his BA. By the way, isn't the military footing the bill for his education? I certainly hope so.....:)

mail4rosey said...


They do pay for it, which enabled him to cash in the four-yr. plan we had for him years ago. That's how he purchased his first new car. ;)

mail4rosey said...


Thank you for your nice words!

mail4rosey said...


Thank you, Teri, I'd be lying if I said I didn't still worry, it is a rough job.

mail4rosey said...


It's so expensive, I'm very happy he's taking advantage of his opportunities while the door is still so wide open.

mail4rosey said...


Saw your cupcakes today, they looked pretty tasty. ;)

mail4rosey said...


Ohh, you've got a great post up again today. You always look like you're having so much fun!

mail4rosey said...


A fellow comrade (she says tipping her hat to ya). :)

mail4rosey said...


Said the Army wife to the Army mom. :)

I told the kids about your "Home is where the Army sends us" sign, and they laughed, totally able to relate. ;)

mail4rosey said...


Thank you Colette. I do feel very blessed, and grateful for it, always.

mail4rosey said...


Thanks, Betty. Good luck with your genealogy project!

Brandy said...

Awwwww Proud Mama! So fantastic to hear of your son moving forward and focusing on something that is not only important to him, but to you as well! <3

Leovi said...

Yes, the more knowledge the better.

Henrietta said...

That is wonderful! It always make a mom proud to see her kids working towards bettering themselves! (p.s. love the tats!)

alissa apel said...

Good for him! I place value in it as well.

mail4rosey said...


Thanks, Brandy. He's a good kid, I'm more than happy to see him doing such wonderful things for himself and his family.

mail4rosey said...



Thank you. :)

mail4rosey said...


Thanks, Henrietta. :)

mail4rosey said...


I knew that about you. :) I've been to your uni. for a summer class actually, and I loved it. :)

Carla said...

That's great that he's still taking classes. I'm always surprised at how many of them don't do it, even though it's paid for. My husband has an associate's (but only like 6 credits transferred toward his bachelor's) and is almost halfway toward his B.S. now.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

It's wonderful to see that kind of dedication!

mail4rosey said...


Woot! Congrats to your hubby on being halfway through. :)

mail4rosey said...


I guess it takes age sometimes.

Goodness knows he's going back long before I did, hurrah for that. ;)

My Journey With Candida said...

It is wonderful when our kids grow up and start acting like adults. Good job raising him Rosey!!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

How wonderful! Everyone has to take his own path in life. I'm sure it's hard when you're a mom and only want the best for your kids, but they all have to figure it out on their own! Sounds like he has :)

Savard Studios said...

I understand how you feel about higher education. I'm living that same fear now with both of my sons. I'm glad to see the positive side of letting them find their way. It's the hardest thing I think we ever have to do as parents.
Sandy
www.savardstudios.blogspot.com

Pat Hatt said...

Awesome that he found his own way
And is well on his way to getting his BA
And yeah it is good to get too
If only they didn't charge you up the gazoo

Raising Reagan said...

It saddens me that not everyone can get a higher education. My husband only graduated high school but he was fortunate to have so much experience that landed him a fantastic career. Still, the one thing that he is mandating for Reagan is going to college.

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bettyl said...

Yes, we want to make them do it our way, but they learn more when they do it their own way. I'm happy for your happy ending!

Dysfunction Junction said...

It's all because his mama's name is Rosey! :)
Katie~

Judy Haughton-James said...

Great! I wish him success.

Stacy Uncorked said...

Oh that is awesome!! That also makes me not worry so much that Princess Nagger has mentioned she doesn't want to go to college (of course she's only 10, so I imagine she'll change her mind) but I love that your son made the choice (without pressure) to go back and get his degree. You must be one proud mama - and you've done good. ;)

Uniquely Artistic Princess Nagger

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Fantastic! I agree with the education thing, it's so important. However what a great thing to have served his country as well you must be really proud!

Cyndi Calhoun said...

This is great on so many levels. So glad he's in school, so glad he's doing a great job otherwise, too. Kudos to you, too!

mail4rosey said...

Credit's all his, he's a fine one. I got real lucky to have such a great group of kiddos. Thank you for your nice words. :)

mail4rosey said...

You're right it can be hard when you plan their whole lives to have them do something and then *GASP* they have their own minds. How could they! LOL But once you get past that, and you do fairly quickly, ha...things have a way of working out. :)

mail4rosey said...

One of... I agree. But I also saw that if they go too early (he attempted it right out of high school but wasn't ready) it's pretty much a waste for everyone, mostly them. Thanks for stopping by. :)

mail4rosey said...

Tuition is ridiculous, but the military's got that covered now. :)

mail4rosey said...

Little cutie pie Reagan in college...seems so far off in the future, doesn't it? But I know it's not. :)

mail4rosey said...

When the kids have happy endings, those are our happy endings, even if what they do/did is not what we had in mind. :)

mail4rosey said...

That child gets the credit, or I should say that young man gets the credit. He's a real go-getter, I'm proud to say.

We have a Katie in the family. I love that name. :)

mail4rosey said...

Thanks, Judy. Ditto that from me too. :)

mail4rosey said...

They're easy to be proud of, I'm pretty lucky.

You are too. Love your Princess' art today. That totally rocked. :)

mail4rosey said...

He'll do in a pinch. ;) Kidding.

He's a good husband too, and I just know he's going to be a good daddy. :) Now I'm starting to miss him, lol. I should call him and tell him to come back and visit. ;) lol

mail4rosey said...

Thanks, Cyndi. I was happy to have him and his wife home for a bit. :)

Renae at simple sequins said...

hahaha Rosey you are so fun! You make me laugh when you are laughing at my posts. Hahahaha.

mail4rosey said...

Your posts were awesome, and that's the son up there in my pic who did those kinds of shots while I was cooking. Goodness some of them came out awful...boo for the burst. And he played it to everyone on the computer and laughed. The NOIVE!! ;)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Bravo! Glad he's getting his degree. And thank him for me for his service to our country!

Thrifty and Chic Mom said...

That is wonderful some of my siblings were like that they were just not ready for college straight out of high school, but came back to it later!

Secondary Roads said...

An inspiring story. We are not all ready to learn at the same point in our lives or at the same rate. When I taught evening classes, my favorite students were the guys that had been out of school for a while and then came back to learn with a firm goal and a plan. The straight out of high school crowd seemed for the most part to be interested in floating through and getting by.

mail4rosey said...

Thanks, Cheryl.

mail4rosey said...

Seems like they learn better when they come back later too. :)

Thanks for visiting.

mail4rosey said...

You're right, the majority of the latter do seem willing to coast. What a waste (for them) but they won't even know it until much later.

So you and your wife both taught at some point...I thought it was opposites that were supposed to attract. ;)

Thanks for stopping by, always happy to have you visit. :)

Kathryn Lavallee said...

What a great story, Rosey! My brother actually joined the military as well and while his first term was rather wasted, he is using his second term to get a degree through the military. Sometimes a little time is all it takes! :)

Veronica Lee said...

Credit goes to his awesome mom!

My hubby got his master's degree at the age of 42! I guess it's never too late!

Ai Sakura said...

well done to your son for his dedication! and to you for being such a wonderful inspiration to him :)

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

mail4rosey said...

Hurrah that your brother is working towards his degree too. :)

mail4rosey said...

Congrats to your husband! :)

mail4rosey said...

Thank you! I like the chalkboard theme that you're doing each week for WW, that's fun!

Karren Haller said...

Hi Rosey thanks for stopping by Fairy Garden WW this week Fairy Gardens w/Linky

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for stopping back. :)

Paula Miller said...

Good for him Rosey!! You did a great job :)
And I love his tattoos lol. I have none myself, but admire them on others.

mail4rosey said...

I don't have any either, Paula. It was a big surprise. I don't mind, I just wonder if he's going to wish one day that he hadn't gone so big with them. ;) We'll see. I hope not, for his sake.

Petro Neagu said...

It's never too late to start or finish your school, that's what I tell my husband so many times. He dropped University on his 5th year out of 6, such a shame.
At least your son is on the right track now, I hope my husband will follow into his steps too. I'll have him read this post, right now.

Have a wonderful week end

mail4rosey said...

My husband is past 40 and he just went back two semesters ago, you're right, it's not too late. :)

~ Noelle said...

glad he has dedication :)
WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!