The Last Graduate from High School

Written by Father Bill 8 Comments

Father and Daughter at the Belles and Beaus Ball, May 2008Lord willing, there will be further graduates within our family, but this month we see the last graduate from high school, as Veronica — the baby of the family — graduates.  With her departure this summer to take up residence with her oldest sister while she begins undergraduate school at the University of Texas, our nest here at home will finally be empty, except for the periodic return of our nestlings for a visit.

Honestly, I’m not sure how Barbara and I are going to navigate this change.  I expect us to find ourselves conflicted with relief and sadness.  It won’t be boring, as we’ve learned when our eldest (Alexa) and her younger sister (Geneva) both departed for university studies.  In many ways, parenting simply changes gears at that point.  What’s going to be different this time is that the nest — which Barbara and I will continue to occupy — will no longer domicile our daughters.  Some months down the road, if I find myself with something to report about that time, I’ll let you know.

Meanwhile, our days are filled with much coming and going.  This photo shows me and Veronica at the Belles and Beaus Ball.  Later, if I can figure out how to do it, I’ll post a video clip of me and Veronica walzing at this ball.


  1. Kamilla   |  Tuesday, 27 May 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Oh Bill, she’s beautiful! I knew she was, but she does look particularly glowing, doesn’t she?


  2. Leigh Ann   |  Wednesday, 28 May 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Lovely picture! She is beautiful, and you are very much the proud papa. I hope you are able to load the video. May the Lord grant you and your wife wisdom as you navigate these new waters.

  3. Ralph   |  Sunday, 01 June 2008 at 8:53 pm

    What a beautiful picture Bill, there appears to be a lot of Barbara in Veronica. It is truly something to behold the many facits of life that our God grows us through. I pray that your daughters will give you many great memories, as you loose them to their own lives as adults, and pray with you that God grants them His blessings, as He has towards you and Barbara.

  4. Michael McMillan   |  Wednesday, 04 June 2008 at 10:13 am

    Beautiful picture, lovely gown and elegant gloves — wow! (You look good, too, Bill.) Hope you get the video figured out. Congratulations to Veronica for this important milestone, and you & Barbara for your faithful parenting.


  5. Jason Loh   |  Monday, 14 July 2008 at 12:35 am

    Dear Pastor Bill,

    I take it that you’re an Anglican Evangelical, as a convenient term to describe your “churchmanship”? Be that as it may, the term “Father” is an illegitimate term as an official term to address a priest, in the true Anglican tradition, anyway. Protestant clergymen, and this includes true Anglicans do not use the term, Father except in the generic sense, and that in the third person category. The only licit use is Reverend Father in God in reference to a bishop. Priests have no right to assume what amounts to an indirect address as a term of endearment or affection. Our Lord’s injunction is clear. The appropriation of the term, Father, no more makes one a “Catholic” than for example, belief in justification by faith and works. Both are innovations. The one which historically originated amongst the religious priests in Ireland and the other a medieval idea.

  6. Fr. Bill   |  Friday, 18 July 2008 at 6:19 pm

    You may, as I see you have, decline to use the form of address. I explain the form of address near the bottom of the page “About this blogger” in the link at the upper right hand part of this page. If you’re interested, check it out.

    You are incorrect that “Father” is an incorrect term of address among Anglicans. I’m guessing you’re not Anglican, or perhaps a member of an isolated secterian twig of Anglican Christianity. “Father” is a regular address not only among Anglicans, but Romans (doh!), and Lutherans, and the Orthodox.

    Uh oh. Upon rereading your comment, I see you claim “Father” is not a proper term of address among “true Anglicans.” I guess that marks me as an “untrue” or “false” or “faux” Anglican.


  7. Michael McMillan   |  Thursday, 11 September 2008 at 8:52 am

    Bill, I greatly miss your posts. Hope all is well with you and yours.


  8. susie   |  Saturday, 10 July 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Veronica is beautiful and I’ve loved that name since my becoming a Catholic 5 years ago when I learned the Stations of the Cross. And you, Father, you radiate the love of Christ. Thank you for answering the call of God and serving the Church all these years. I hope to meet you one day, if not here, the ‘merrily in heaven’ God willing and by His grace! God bless.

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