Today was the big Match Day at the Stanford School of Medicine.
(Graham and I with my coworker, Caroline. And my mom making a funny face in the background. Proof she was actually there with me.)
10:00am on Match Day is when graduating medical students around the country open up envelopes to find out where they are going for their residencies, or, in other words, where they are going to spend the next 3, 4, 5, 6 years of their lives. It's exciting. It's nerve-racking. Even tear-jerking. I tear up every year.
I get to prepare the envelopes. THE envelopes. I love it. I guard the envelopes with my life until they are passed out to the students at 10am on the dot. Students scream with delight. Jump up and down. Cry for joy. Celebrate with family members. Some students aren't so excited as they realize they didn't get their top choice. Or their second. Or third. But they are happy they matched.
This year my mom brought Graham. Lots of the students wanted to see him. After all, one of the graduating students actually delivered Graham. The two of them were briefly reunited. It was special for me. The medical student is going to San Diego to become a pediatrician. Perhaps he'll be back here some day and he can be Graham's pediatrician. I would be okay with that.
The celebrations took place in the brand new LKSC building at the medical school. We were lucky enough to be the first event to take place in the building. It isn't even open yet! We had the powers that be pull some strings.
My mom even helped break the new building in. We were standing around talking and she looked down at her plate and said "Oh! Oh no! I had a deviled egg on my plate!" Only there was no longer a deviled egg on her plate. It had escaped. Slippery little bugger. Sure enough, there it was on the floor about 10 feet away. Face down. Mayonnaisey egg getting reeeal comfortable with the brand new carpet. Ha! Hey, it was bound to get dirty some time.
What a fun morning. Thank you, Christian, for getting Graham ready to come hang out at Match Day! Thank you, Mom, for coming and celebrating with us! Thank you, medical students, for giving us a reason to celebrate! Not that any medical students read my blog, but Congrats to them anyway. They're awesome.
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