The last time Dave and I were in the states together was in 2002 when both Adam, Dave’s son, and John, Dave’s grandson, graduated from high school in New Hampshire. During the following years Adam visited us twice in the BVI and we followed John’s progress through his mother, daughter Diane, and e-mails. As both were graduating from university in 2006 we planned a trip back to the states to attend these important graduations as well as Nancy’s 45th reunion from DePauw University, where she attended undergraduate school, and visits with family and friends.
On May 12th we left a flooded Tortola to fly to Boston for Adam’s graduation from Boston University. Unfortunately, the Boston/New Hampshire/Mass area had the worst flooding in 80 years. Dave was still sick from his visit to China, two weeks earlier where he lost 20 pounds, and continued with a terrible cold and cough. We leased a bright red Saturn SUV at Logan and immediately drove, through pouring rain, to Adam’s apartment on Royce Road that he shares with three other seniors. Daughter Tina was there so we had the delight of taking both Adam and Tina out for a good Mexican dinner at a nearby restaurant, still in the pouring rain, where we caught up on what is happening in their lives. Tina (27) is now working for an insurance company in Guilford, NH where she is working her way up the corporate ladder. She is living with Mum Diane in Guilford and looks better than ever – beautiful and blonde – she was truly enjoying Adam’s last weekend as a graduate at BU. Adam was very excited about graduation as well as his new job with United Airlines beginning on the Monday following Sunday’s commencement.
We returned to our hotel and slept soundly. As Adam and Tina had plans for Saturday morning, Dave and I took in the David Hockney Exhibition at eh Boston Museum of Fine Arts. We were most impressed by both the Hockney Exhibit and the museum in general. I had attended the Matisse exhibition in Paris in 1972 and had particularly enjoyed the twenty year span of five facial sculptures that Matisse had made of his lover and wife, Jeanne – one done each four years. Hockney was the only other artist I have seen that has followed the same scheme doing five facial portraits of his mother, again each being four years apart. In both cases the first likeness was portrayed in a totally realistic style, working through realism into abstraction, with the fifth work of art being presented in total abstraction. I found this technique most interesting as both artists did over time, which computers can do in seconds.
That afternoon we attended a cocktail party at Adam’s apartment, given for parents and friends, by the four graduates. We all then had a great Italian dinner at Vinny T’s – 28 in all – and enjoyed, what was to be, our last dinner with him before he entered the corporate world. Sunday morning the rain drenched Boston. As the graduation was to be held outdoors for the 20,000 spectators we naturally assumed, being an institute of higher learning, that the ceremony would be moved indoors to the gym or concert hall. No such thing – it seems it is a “tradition” to hold it outdoors – and so, regardless of the downpour, it was. No one attended – such bullheaded thinking. No wonder the world is in such a state if this is how the elite academia think!
Dave and I braved the weather for a tasty breakfast at a local diner intending to join Adam and Tina after breakfast for the 11 o’clock graduation. However, as it was still raining and we both were wet we returned to the hotel following breakfast. I then stayed in bed all day with a terrible cold. Dave attended, via MTA, Adam's Business & Management school graduation, held later indoors and was drenched upon his return to the hotel. We both declined the graduate dinner not feeling that it was worth the risk of being sick for the following weeks of travel because of going outside during a flood. Several rivers overflowed during this time and the storms of May 2006 went down in history as the worst northeastern flood since 1936, and in some area it was worse than ’36, making it the most terrible in history.
2 WEEKS LATER - The drive to Bates College in Maine was warm and by the time we arrived for grandson John's ten o’clock ceremonies we were actually hot. The campus is quite lovely who was the recipient of the William H. Dunham Sr. Literary Award – way to go John!~ Following graduation we joined other alumni and guests for a sunny picnic on the college lawns along with granddaughter and Bates sophomore Devon, Diane and Art, Adam and mother Diane and all of the McMullan clan. We then helped both Devon and John move out of their college rooms and made sad farewells before hitting the road to Cape Porpoise, Maine, where friends Bruce and Debby, former owners of the Sandcastles Resort in Jost Van Dyke, BVI, live.
Adam left at 8am on Monday the 15th for his United Airlines orientation in Chicago. Tina took him to Logan and then returned to Guilford for work.
The drive to Bates was warm and by the time we arrived for the ten o’clock ceremonies we were actually hot. The campus is quite lovely with graduation exercises being held on the front lawn amid spring flowers, blue skies and warm sun. We were all quite proud of John who graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa and with special distinction in English Honors and recipient of the William H. Dunham Sr. Literary Award – way to go John!~ Following graduation we joined other alumni and guests for a sunny picnic on the college lawns along with granddaughter and Bates sophomore Devon, Diane and Art, Adam and mother Diane and all of the McMullan clan. We then helped both Devon and John move out of their college rooms and made sad farewells before hitting the road to Cape Porpoise, Maine, where friends Bruce and Debby, former owners of the Sandcastles Resort in Jost Van Dyke, BVI, live.
WAY TO GO ADAM AND JOHN - WE ARE SO VERY PROUD OF YOU BOTH. ADAM IS NOW WORKING FOR UNITED AIRLINES, BASED IN L.A. AND JOHN IS WORKING IN THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY IN MANHATTAN. YOU BUYS ARE JUST GREAT - KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !!!!