It finally happened. I didn’t dare to believe it, but I hold in my hand a certificate from UBC that clearly states I am a Doctor of Medicine. Right now it feels like everyone who knows me or has ever known me has seen one of the media articles that celebrated my graduation as a mature student from UBC Medicine. I have been so honoured by the kind words and positive attention I have received, but that is not what this post is about. Now, there is only one thing left for me to say…
I need to say thank you to my friends and family who have been amazing and supportive at every turn. I need to say thank you for the incredible surprise celebration you honoured me with last weekend. Some people drove hundreds of miles to be there. I was so humbled. I need to say thank you to everyone who took care of my children and never judged me for being “that mom” who missed almost every sporting event for 4 years. I need to say thank you to my close friends who forgave me for not texting or calling for weeks to months at a time. Everyone has given me so much grace.
But mostly, I need to say thank you to Bruce.
Bruce, I know you will hate this post, but it is not coming down. I know you avoid taking any credit for our accomplishment, but you can’t be separated from it. While I was focussed on a single task (often selfishly so), you held our family together day in and day out. You got the kids to school in the morning. You picked them up from school in the afternoon. You made them dinner every day and on weekends you made us all dinner. You bought the groceries. You washed clothes and did the dishes. Did I mention that you built us a beautiful home during all of this? You did this while running your business and coaching a province full of judo kids, a job that often took you out of town. You like to comment on my long hours, but I’m not sure when YOU had time to sleep!
Our relationship is not perfect, but I am so lucky to share this life with you and I wanted everyone to know just how wonderful I think you are. (Really wonderful).
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