That stinkin’ dissertation…

At 4:20 p.m. on December 6th the Honey-do hit the send button on his email program. He has been working on a stinkin’ Computer Science dissertation for a few years and finally, FINALLY, he sent in his package to be reviewed by his advisor. It felt too good to be true. It was almost as though I was in some time bubble where my mind was completely fogged over as in a dream.

Is it truly almost over? 

Almost. Almost. Almost. There will be some feedback, some more writing, and then, of course, there will be a scheduled time to defend his work with his committee. The stinkin’ dissertation process is not over. It is merely in the pipeline. 

Hallelujah. Close enough for me.

The Honey-do came home around 5ish yesterday. We sort of wandered about the house in a stupor, as if not knowing what to do next. For the last two years all we have done is talk about IT on a daily basis, well except on Sundays. (Ours is a no-homework-Sundays house.) We regularly talked about how much effort, energy and focus he needed to exert to get IT finished. And feeling the intense pressure of staying focused to get IT done he has, for the last six months, giving me a nightly recap of his day regarding how he was or was not progressing on IT getting done. 

It took about 30 minutes of discussing our shock and awe about IT being sent through the electronic delivery system until we discussed his need to remember to call his advisor to let him know IT was sitting in his inbox. (He sent it after school hours.)  Then we started to breathe. 

It was not until about 7 p.m. when Honey-do realized the day’s date. He was  commissioned in the Air Force on December 6, 1996. He served 11 years and 2 and 1/2 months enlisted prior to that so realizing that he had turned in that stinkin’ dissertation 33 years after he signed up as a little Airman No Class, well… he fell asleep with a wonderful sense of satisfaction. After all, he accomplished his goal at a point in his career when many others have already retired. 

#NeverQuit #OldDogsNewTricks #GoldHawks #GoVertical #5yearPayBack

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