2014: The Best & Worst This is the time of the year when writers coast. They dream up their totally subjective best and worse lists for the year that's rapidly coming to a close. Why? So they can focus on the important things...the holidays. So with that in mind:
To close out the old year, my proudest moment. It's you Ellie, a.k.a. Rachael Eliot. Knew you were quirky smart, bird nerdy, Star Trekkie with a nod towards Mr. Data, voracious tome reader, cook extraordinaire. So proud of your first semester at UT, you're 4.0 perfect, honors calculus, autodidactic mathematician—who says the girl's got no math—plus highest class average in accelerated chemistry. Yes, I believed the quirky smarts would come into focus some day, but research computational chemist? So, who knew? A wunderkind.
Proud of your work ethic, your grit and determination, your focus, your long hours and the fire that burns within. Also proud of the part I played helping you find you.
But your Mom is your real hero.
Your second semester awaits. Eyes on the prize, full speed ahead. “Courage is a kind of salvation. Courage is knowing what not to fear.” - Plato
Proud. Proud. Proud. Or as Danny Thomas said, “No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.”
Happy New Year. Bring on 2015.