The Jury Talks Back


My Daughter Lauren Graduates High School Today

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 7:41 am

She voted for the first time on Tuesday, and today she graduates. Soon she will be out of the house.

She has been a guest poster here (at age six) and her thoughts have appeared here by proxy concerning various political matters such as the price of John Edwards’s haircut. A conversation I had with her about the upcoming election of Barack Obama or John McCain led to years of distortions of my views on the Internet, but I would say the same things to her again.

Moving past politics, she and her brother Matthew have good taste in movies and a form of perfect musical pitch. I memorialized her first visit from the tooth fairy and some of the darndest things she has said. As a five-year-old she thought stupid was a bad word and she still curses rarely, at least around me, and any curses are very mild. I’ve written about her interactions with my dad and a goodbye to the home where she took her first steps.

An incident with Lauren led to one of the greatest insights I have ever had about the human mind and the gratitude we should feel for this life.

I know she is about to move on to “the life that’s waiting out there” — and I am grateful for every day I still have with her. And I am very proud of her, and I know I always will be.


  1. First borns are special, as are father-daughter bonds. I know you will have many more special moments.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/7/2018 @ 8:02 am

  2. Congratulations to Miss Lauren!

    Comment by DRJ — 6/7/2018 @ 8:07 am

  3. Congrats! I thankfully still have 5 years to go before my daughter graduates.

    Comment by Sean — 6/7/2018 @ 12:10 pm

  4. We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme

    Comment by bitcoin español — 6/8/2018 @ 3:45 am

  5. Damn, we are old.

    Comment by SPQR — 6/8/2018 @ 9:53 am

  6. I can’t deliver Sunday Music on time because Marriotts have an almost nonexistent wifi. It will come tomorrow but not until the evening.

    Comment by Patterico — 6/9/2018 @ 11:21 pm

  7. Hope you are having a fun trip.

    PS – Does Marriott still charge a lot for Wifi?

    Comment by DRJ — 6/10/2018 @ 6:58 am

  8. Grandparents in town for the graduation wanted to see UC Santa Barbara so we came up for a night.

    Comment by Patterico — 6/10/2018 @ 10:46 am

  9. Yes, they charge and I did not want to pay. I accomplished the posts on my phone this morning using unreliable 4G and LTE that was barely working last night. Fortunately the same cantata from last time was used today or it would have been impossible since you can’t get YouTube embeds on a phone.

    Comment by Patterico — 6/10/2018 @ 10:49 am

  10. That sounds like a great trip. Who cares about wifi when you get to do something like that with 3 generations?

    Comment by DRJ — 6/10/2018 @ 1:40 pm

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