A Nurse with a Gun

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


I do not often write about family, but I ask that my readers humor a proud Papa tonight.

Tonight, Little Darling graduated.

Tonight, Little Darling received an award of recognition upon graduation.

That is not an uncommon occurrence.

What is uncommon is the award itself. The Bishop John Maury Allen Award is not given for being the most popular or being the best athlete. It is not even given for academic excellence. It is not given every year. If there is not a deserving student graduating, the award is not bestowed at all. This award has only been given six times in the past fifty years. The Bishop John Maury Allen Award is only given to a student who exemplifies the standards of character and a personal commitment to excellence in thought, and integrity of actions that the school hoped to instill in young people when it was founded fifty years ago.

Tonight Little Darling brought it home.

I'm proud. Damned proud.



Anonymous HankH said...

Congrats Xavier. Sounds like you and the missus are doing an excellent job raising such a fine young lady. I'm very proud of my 14 year old and 16 year old son also. Being a parent is an awesome responsibility but what an incredible blessing!


10:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Little Darling - and to her entire family for their support and guidance.
Be proud, Pops.

11:01 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

you have all the rights in the world to be damned proud of your offspring.

To her.

It is young people like you who keep me believing that The Greatest Generation is in fact among us now. Congrats. I do believe such a milestone warrants your beaming Papa to buy you the firearm of your choice. ( or perhaps a red convertible)

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Joseph said...

Xavier, you have every right to be proud, and Little Darling as well!!


11:11 PM  
Blogger Ernest T. Bass said...

... a result of good upbringing

11:16 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Congratulations, Xavier. You've a right to be proud.

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

They all beat me to it, but that doesn't mean I'm not gonna say it too.

You should be proud of her. That it has only been bestowed six times in fifty years shows that the standards that were mandated fifty years ago are still being adhered to in deciding whether or not to award it in any given year. That is also rare - standards set, and then held to.

Congratulations to you and your wife for the fine job you are doing raising her. Even greater congratulations to LD for being an example of what this award recognizes - her heightened character standards and commitment to excellence and integrity.

Thanks for sharing, Xavier.

Now I'm gonna go shed tears of joy, because I'm the crybaby in our family. No apologies either. It's the manly thing to do.

11:40 PM  
Blogger Chas said...

Very nice.

11:42 PM  
Anonymous Castr8r said...

Congrats! To both of you! This young lady's achievement says a lot about you and the missus as well as Lil' Darlin', and it's all exemplary!

11:45 PM  
Anonymous OrangeNeckInNY said...


11:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This award seems a very fine thing to win, my congratulations!

12:02 AM  
Blogger Carl H said...

Hat tip to Little Darling, with backpats and handshakes all around.

12:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations and to Little Darling...keep up the good work.

12:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on raising such an outstanding young lady! Keep up the good work.

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Jack said...

Congrats to Little Darling! A testimony to good parenting!

12:49 AM  
Blogger Jerry The Geek said...

Your heart must be bursting with pride tonight.

Congratulations to the entire family. You all deserve it.

2:57 AM  
Blogger Carteach0 said...

A good moment, to be treasured.

Good work on your part raising such a person, and good for her, to have found that within herself. You have every right and cause to be proud!

Well done to both of you.

4:57 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

Congratulations to you both!
You have every right to be proud of her and yourself.

5:13 AM  
Anonymous Rowman said...

Congratulations to your daughter and yourselves! Well done by all.

And thank you for sharing. You've brightened our day.

5:35 AM  
OpenID hsoiblog said...

Congratulations to Little Darling on being such a fine young lady to have earned such an award.

Congratulations to you and your wife for the job you did in raising her.

Enjoy the moment, Dad. Good stuff!

6:28 AM  
Blogger Turk Turon said...


6:31 AM  
Blogger stbaguley said...

It is so nice (but so rare) when the rest of the world actually notices what has been glaringly obvious to you for so long. Gives you hope in dark times. Congratulations to her, (may need to resuture a few buttons, there Dad, small price to pay!)

6:36 AM  
Blogger TrueBlueSam said...

Thanks for sharing! Congratulations, LD, X, and Mother!

6:38 AM  
OpenID reflectoscope said...

Well done, both of you! Kudos the school too, for keeping a high standard for their students to work towards.


7:09 AM  
Blogger Lawyer said...

Congratulations! You have the right to be proud and to brag. Raising a child like that is no easy task.

7:09 AM  
Blogger Owen said...

You should be proud, She seems like a bang up young lady, Good job to you and your wife.

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Jason M. Rogers said...

From one father to another, Congratulations. The example you and your Little Darling set is one I will strive to acheve with my daughters. Very Respectfully, Jason M. Rogers.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Proud, as you should be.

Congrats and best of luck to her in college, I'm sure she'll do fine.

8:17 AM  
OpenID westofthewest said...

Kudos Xavier. And kudos to Little Darling. Living in California, I need good news like this.

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Dulie said...

Congratulations to you, Sir, and to Little Darling. Seems to be one hell of an honor!

What a way to get off to a good start in college...or whatever she chooses to do with her life. Make the most of it!

Seems you're a good example of a great parent.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

Xavier, well done!

Everyone who is or has been in a parenting role knows the struggles, heartaches and frustrations that comes with the job. And at times there are joys.

Guidance in any child’s life is obviously one of the most important tasks an adult can perform, and the results always speak for themselves.

Little Darling:

A close friend routinely uses this tired and old worn-out phrase: “You are what you do.” Clearly, people have noticed what you’ve done and who you are. Congratulations!

Just keep being you.

11:08 AM  
Blogger DouginSalcha said...

Congratulations to you both. I've long thought (and said), "Good Kids don't happen by accident!"

Little Darling is a Lady and I think well on the way to being a productive citizen...

11:10 AM  
Blogger Assrot said...

Congratulations to both of you.


11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful news when information is coming out indicating upwards 40% of our youth in college are depressed to the point of suicide.
When the rate of unwed mothers -- hence a redefined 'family' unit -- are now at the highest rate since ... ???
However, there are stories out there similar to the one of Little Darling.
We need to encourage all such Little Darlings that they are not necessarily fitted with a gurantee of "success" as measured in dollars, but instead they are grounded with the ability and character to overcome failure and its' effect as a drag on our society.
AND THANKFULLY, when they realize this in earnest, they can and do pull others out of the mire over and over simply because they get it.
Unsung hero's on our horizon.
I raise my cup and tip my hat to her future.

12:05 PM  
Anonymous TJP said...


12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonder where she learned to act like that? Your entire family should be very proud of this young lady. Congratulations!

12:53 PM  
Blogger Freddyboomboom said...

And you should be very proud!

Tell Little Darling Bravo Zulu!

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats. Be proud.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Don said...

I judge people by the quality of their friends and their children. You sir have every right to be proud, congratulations to you and to your daughter.

P.S. As generalizations go, the only awards worth a darn are the ones given out only when there is someone deserving.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

Just . . . Awesome. . .

3:55 PM  
Blogger James A. Zachary Jr. said...

You have every right to be a proud Papa. Congratulations to your family. An outstanding achievement.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Bion said...

I'm sure all the commentators were thinking of "proud" as we have changed the meaning over the years to indicate "blessed", or "glad", or "grateful"...instead of the "pride cometh before the fall" type of pride....Like the arrogance of pride in the devil, himself, is the way meanings have changed over the years, to cloud the original truth the word described....
I'm sure you are glad to see your daughter grow with the truths and direction you have instilled in her...and I am glad you have, for the world is a better place for those who know truth and God ...

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Alex said...


5:25 PM  
Blogger Brigid said...

You should be. She has her father's savvy, her mothers beauty and spirit and a spunk all her own. As a Mom of a recent college grad, you brought a tear to my eye. Enjoy this time. Congratulations to her.

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations. It's no easy feat these days,

7:34 PM  
Anonymous greg tag said...


I cant say much more than the brethren here have already said, but "Congratulations"to you and the Mrs.

Your daughter does you honor- she clearly has been wisely instructed and has seen a living example as well.

Little Darlin':

Character shines through the dark, and God knows we have plenty of dark.
Keep shining - a light should be placed on a lampstand, not under a bushel.

Regards to the whole Xavier family

Greg Taggart

7:47 PM  
Blogger GEM said...


8:10 PM  
Blogger Hobie said...

You should be proud. Congratulations to Little Darling, to your wife, to you. Best wishes for a long, productive and happy life.

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

Congratulations to Little Darling for her strength of character and courage to let her moral compass guide her.

Congratulations to you and your wife, Xavier, for raising a fine woman. I pray all the best for her.


9:38 PM  
Anonymous moloko4 said...

congrats, papa.

12:04 AM  
Anonymous Chief Chicken said...

Congratulations Little Darling. You've earned an award that actually means something. We are in a day and age where everyone gets a trophy just for showing up. Because of this, most trophies mean nothing. It's nice to see an award that is actually held back until someone who is worthy comes along. You are that someone, and this award certainly means something. Well Done.

7:56 AM  
Blogger shooter said...

Hooyah! Way to go lil' Darling. Yet further proof that you are doing a great job as a father, X.

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:54 AM  
Blogger Vote For David said...

Congratulations to the family. Obviously you all did something right!

2:21 PM  
Blogger TOTWTYTR said...

Good parenting generally shows through, even if it's not immediately apparent.

In this case, it was immediately apparent.

You should be proud of Little Darling's award, because you and your wife played a huge part in it.

9:32 PM  
Blogger Evan said...

Wow, just wow! Congratulations! With a start like that, you're going to go far if you push yourself!

11:05 PM  
Blogger Jarubla said...

Congrats! Only 6 given in 50 years, THAT is accomplishment!!!

11:17 PM  
Blogger Don Gwinn said...

Sooo . . . . does this mean you've been telling the truth about Little Darling all this time?

I assumed you were making it up as you went along . . . like I do with my kids. :)

10:10 AM  
Blogger TheBronze said...

That made me cry.

Congrats to X and LD.

6:41 PM  

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