Did I blink? Seems like it was not long ago that “rough and tumble” little boy was running around the house playing ninja turtles. Then there were years of sports. One sport would not do, not for Stephen. I remember the day of his sporting trifecta. a morning wrestling match, an afternoon soccer match, and an evening baseball game. But mind you, he wanted to play all those sports! It was his choice. He truly enjoyed the games and his teammates through the years. His dad coached his baseball team for many seasons. Stephen loved professional sports. Even as a young child of six or seven, he was a huge Braves fan. He would go out to the paper box to get the newspaper. He would check the line scores and the stories featured on his team and favorite players!
Stephen loved school, or at least never complained. He would set the alarm on his clock and get up in the mornings even when he was in elementary school. He made straight A’s throughout his school career. He missed perfect attendance by a day. And I believe it was only from missing a partial day due to a funeral. He and Katie started dating in 9th grade. He graduated with high honors and received a scholarship to Mercer University in Macon Georgia. His dedication and hard work had paid off! He and Katie attended Mercer, Macon four years. Then Stephen went from Mercer, Macon to Mercer, Atlanta to begin his Pharm D. Meanwhile Katie began working on her Masters. Recently they Graduated together from Mercer Atlanta. This marked their third Graduation together!
This was a milestone for them both, but for Stephen he still had to pass three grueling tests to get his license. He signed up, paid, studied, studied, and studied some more. Traveled to take the tests. Waited for the results. Got the results one at a time. Check, Check, Check. YES! HE DID IT!
Relief for all concerned. Awe, but we knew he would pass!!!! He has interned at CVS for the last four years. But Wednesday, June 26 He will show up at his assigned CVS as the Pharmacist.
We are really proud!
We’ve loved him every step of the way!
I knew that 10 lb 7oz boy, born Groundhog Day 1987 was really something special.
It was a long journey
Good luck in your new career, Stephen!
Postnote: So much more to be written! ….I have blogged about Stephen’s bike ride with Journey of Hope. https://bhplayon.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/real-life-is-stranger-than-fiction/ He has traveled to Curacao and other places, including New York City!