My amazing daughter, whose face I've blurred out at left, is the recipient of a Regents Scholarship to the University of California. This is their most prestigious award, and goes to only 1% of accepted freshman applicants. It is both merit and need based, and covers every conceivable expense for four years: books, tuition, room and board, transportation, everything.
She's been offered a full ride at dozens of colleges around the United States, but doesn't want to leave coastal California. As she told her paternal grandmother, who wanted her to go to Baylor "to learn that everyone doesn't think the way California does!": "I've been to Texas, and if that's the way the rest of the country thinks, I'm glad to live here. I like my nice liberal values, thank you very much."
So, my beautiful, beautiful girl: congratulations on this well-deserved honor and gift. I know you will continue to do your best work and continue on the path of excellence that you've been on since before you were even born. You are awesome, and everyone knows that. (And now, even more people know that.)
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!" —Louise Bogan
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