Sunday, July 1, 2012

Bragging Rights

          My son finished his corrections academy training and took his oath last Friday at a graduation ceremony. Awards were given for things such as shooting, physical fitness, and academic achievements. At the end they announced the outstanding trainee award for... Zackary Bahlmann! I used up a whole half pack of tissues crying for joy for my son. (Above: Zackary, Grandpa Bahlmann (fresh out of the care center with his healing leg) and Jeff Bahlmann (police officer for St. George, Utah, and the one who presented his brother Zack with his certificate of graduation.) (Below: Shirley (with all her makeup cried off) Zack and Bob.)
         The thing that impressed me most about this whole adventure is when Zack came home from his first day of work and I asked him how it was. "Wonderful," he answered without a pause.
         Everyone can do something, and it doesn't have to be the same thing as the person next to you. My hope is that we all can find the thing that makes us feel wonderful every day.
        When I recently told some ladies that I ache to write as much as my body yearns for food, one of them said, "I need to get a new hobby."
         What is your passion?


Christensens said...

What a proud mommy you must be. I hope I can raise my kids to follow their passion!

Cindy Beck, author said...

Hurray for Zack! We didn't even know he was going through the academy but are so proud of him for accomplishing it!

Shirley Bahlmann said...

Thanks! I just know how happy I am to do what I love to do, and I know it's not the same for everyone. I tell my boys from time to time that I just want them to be able to do a job they like, and how can I help them discover what that is? Some of them are still looking, but it took me until I was 41 to get past the fear of publisher rejection. It's never too late for anyone.

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