Sunday, February 7, 2010

Close Encounters

Young Son forwarded me an email from his college advisor this week. It is official: he will be graduating from Texas State University on May 14 at 10 am. My first grade classroom will have to run without me on that auspicious day. 

One of the things I  am most proud of is that he has put himself through financially. He has had all manner of jobs; often more then one at a time. 

His senior year has brought his most interesting positions yet. He works at one of Sandra Bullock's restaurants, and got to meet her at the Christmas party.

Last week he told me he was adding another job: pedicabbing in downtown Austin. For the uninformed, this is basically a carriage attached to a bicycle. It is hard work, and often dangerous in our crazy traffic. He worked his first solo shift last night. Here was one of his first customers:

My son is the one on the right.

If you need a lift in downtown Austin, look for Chris. Maybe he'll let you sit in the same seat as Matthew. Just be sure to tip him well; he still has 3 months of schooling to go.


Abby said...

Soooo exciting! I know you're so proud!

Anonymous said...

so cool!! glad you were specific as to which one is your son!!
Yea, for Chris! Finish Strong! What a great day to see them walk the stage!!!

Tater Mama said...

Congratulations! I know you are so proud of your son, and you should be.

Thank you for leaving a note today on the blog. I am delighted to know about your blog and will enjoy reading it.

I'm teaching 5th grade this year, but I taught 1st for two years and 3rd for 6 years. I hope to move back to one of those grades next year! First graders are so funny, aren't they?!

Locketts said...

Watch out Matthew, Bis hits!

Dawn said...

We've seen the pedicabs downtown and I've always said I'd be too self-conscious to get into one - making someone pedal my behind all over town instead of walking. I hope he got a good tip (besides the picture, ha ha) from his famous customer.

Congrats on the upcoming graduation - what a special event for both of you!

Anonymous said...

Ok....Chris Raines and I just looked at your blog and we both agreed that we want Chris' job. We both like Sandra B. and Matthew M. Chris C. we are so proud of you!!!! I remember when you were born...even when your mom carried you. Can't wait for the big G. day!!!!!!!!!!
Love, Chris and Patty R.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. O'Brien~

How proud you must be of your son...what an accomplishment! In these days and times, it is not common to find such a responsible young man, especially after the heartaches your family has endured. Kudos to Chris, and to you as his mom!!

Yvonne Herrera

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