Saturday, March 01, 2008

A significant day in our family

This beautiful young lady is the "baby" of the McIntyre family. Caitlin is the youngest grandchild/niece, and today, she turned 18 years old. She is headed to university this fall to become an elementary teacher.
As if her birthday isn't significant enough, there is added significance to March 1, 1990. That's the day my Dad ("Paw" to the grandchildren, including Little Bro Dan) quit smoking that same day. He went for a laser treatment that afternoon, about ten hours before Caitlin was born. In his words, the laser was probably bullshit. He decided that if he wanted to live long enough to see that little girl grow up, he had to quit smoking.
Cait and Paw have always had a special bond. It is eternal.
I love them both very much.


Maria said...

awwwwww shucks... how sweet! Is she sure she wants to be an elementary school teacher? I have volunteered at sonny boys school when he was just a little twerp and those little 5-10 year olds can be hard to handle. Several of the teachers at that school had to take a leave of absense due to a "nervous breakdown"

I so respect elementary school teachers, it takes a special kind of patience to do that job!

Newsguy Bob said...

Yeah, she's very much sure. She did a co-op placement at her former elementary school, and it just solidified her desire to be a teacher.
Such is the value of co-op programs, giving the kid a taste of the job, so he or she can decide whether they want to follow a particular dream or not.
If there had been co-op when I was in high school, I might have taken a shorter, more direct career path. Not that my career is bad, mind you.

Ma Horton said...

What a nice tribute to a beautiful niece.