Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Colors of May

Time to join in Life Looms Large colors of May!

 Lamb's Ears

Sweet Woodruff

Lily of the Valley (the last two pictures should be scratch 'n sniff!)

Honeysuckle (non-native invasive species....aarrgh!)

The obligatory bug on the honeysuckle leaf (click for big).

Commencement colors.  Not colors in nature, but colors of May none the less.

There's a six year story behind this degree.  One that involves: going from honor student, to a fall from a ladder and resultant head injury, academic failures, therapy and hard work, and now a magna cum laude bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering with a graduate certificate in energy and environmental management.  He did the last 3 years as a full time student and working 20 hours per week as an engineering intern, thus is one of the lucky few to be graduating right into a job.  It has been a privilege to witness the character development in this young man.

One of his graduation presents was the following Rudyard Kipling poem in calligraphy.  Not because it is something to strive for, but it is something we have seen emerge:

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!


  1. Beautiful colors - beautiful story!!

  2. Congratulations! What a wonderful poem.

  3. congratulations!
    May is such a special time of year - here on campus - all those graduates!

  4. Anonymous10:48 PM

    watching Steve grow into the wonderful person that he has become is a blessing to all our family. Job well done Mom and Dad. I'm very proud of him too.

  5. Beautiful!

    Lovely photographs...but that last one is really the best !!

    Congratulations! What a great story!

  6. Congratulations!! Wonderful poem.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing that poem. I haven't read it before, but I love it. Huge congrats to the graduate!!

    Love your colors of May!! The graduation colors were a great addition!


  8. Congratulations! You will not only be proud, but also feeling very happy!
    Lovely pictures, too.


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