A beautiful if chilly day for daughter’s first clinical at St. Joe’s

My terrific daughter Elisabeth put her request in last week and tweaked it early yesterday, discovering that she’d been tardy by 30 minutes in the original.

So I set my iPhone 6 alarm to 6:30 a.m. as a fail safe, even though I was fairly certain I’d be bright and smiling for her 7:30 arrival today at the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood.

Dad was needed for a drop-off for daughter’s first clinical this semester during her two-year major to become a physical therapist assistant. Destination downtown, to St. Joseph’s, a sprawling complex to which she was unsure of the side-street, alternate-side availability, and surely did not want to muck around on Day One of 14 in-hospital sessions.

Dressed to work at St. Joseph's in Syracuse, N.Y.

Ready to administer physical therapy.

Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle was thrilled to see her so early in the morning, and did much jumping up to prove it. Elisabeth said she brought her lint roller because she knew she’d be greeted with such enthusiasm.

Last semester, her first of four after returning to Onondaga Community College with her bachelor’s degree in biology from State University of New York at Oneonta in hand, Elisabeth served her clinical at James Square, a home for seniors. She enjoyed it, and it was part of a high-honors return to full-time education while continuing to hold down her 30-hours-per job at the orthopedic practice in the village of Hamilton, where she resides with her mother.

Yes, I’m a proud papa.

On the less-than-three-mile drive down James Street, we talked about Saturday night’s upcoming Doggie Night at the Syracuse Crunch hockey game. We’re taking Ellie B, seven tickets in hand for the pooch plus myself and dear wife Karen, Elisabeth and great boyfriend George Three, and his parents, George Two and Sue. We figured it best to all meet outside the arena a half hour before game time, because eager Ellie B would preclude tailgating.

When I made the right off James, Elisabeth spied that near neighborhood parking and began thinking that maybe it would be possible for her future sessions. Good. The teacher had told them the parking garage would charge them $11. Too much for students, even if the four of them taking the clinical car-pooled.

A great day to start clinical.

A great day to start clinical.

Elisabeth was still smiling after I pulled past the front circle to a spot where I could safely park and jump out of the car to take a shot with my iPhone 6 to chronicle her first day at St. Joseph’s. I waved her off to great things.

Then I turned and took a shot of downtown Syracuse in the other direction to share with my Photo 101 mates.

Tuesday morning, March 24, 14 F.

Tuesday morning, March 24, 14 F.

Let’s call it a city landscape, spring on chill.

Have you proudly driven a child to an event lately, and if so, what? On-street parking, in the garage, or ask me to drive the rest of the semester? What’s your favorite photo of the three, and why?

59 thoughts on “A beautiful if chilly day for daughter’s first clinical at St. Joe’s

  1. Wonderful photos Mark. Your daughter looks great and so happy. it is very uplifting to see someone starting a new chapter in their lives. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Aww, Mark, Elisabeth is gorgeous and she looks so much like you! I love your Proud Papa Moment! ❀ My favorite is the photo of her in front of the hospital. Yes, I think you should drive her the rest of the semester. What a sweet bonding time! You're a lucky man! Oh, and how cool about the doggie night! I ❀ Syracuse!

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  3. I like the second one best. Your beautiful daughter is the only person on the street! Must really be early! πŸ™‚ It reminds me of prideful/painful moments of my own children “growing and going away in person to remain as memories in my heart., who come home, BTW, as often as they can.”

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  4. love that you’re still taking “first day of school” photos πŸ™‚ You’ve every reason to be proud, Mark. She’ll do amazing things just like her papa!

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  5. I like Elizabeth at the hospital picture. It’s like standing in front of school on her first day of school. And if Papa is willing to drive every day I’d have proud papa driving me in so I didn’t have to park or pay to park!!! πŸ™‚ What a great day for you both!

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  6. This is a great post, Mark. I like to hear details about Elisabeth’s accomplishments and this is a huge adventure and a wonderful opportunity. This will be something you both will remember for a long time. She asked you to be there, so your were. Wow! Parents still are needed and you need to respond like you did. I cannot choose a favorite photo today. They are special and she is special. You were always there as parents, you and Karen, now you have something to brag and be proud about.

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  7. Drove the kindergartner to meet his teacher at the gifted school where he’ll take classes every tuesday. He’s only in kindergarten, but I’m still proud of him for testing into it on his own. Good luck to your little one!

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  8. Elisabeth is well-loved and it shows, Mark. Proud papa? You bet!

    When our daughter, Devin, went to ASU she lived in a home that we owned and rented to her and her friends. You could say that Dave was the house father. They all graduated and he no longer gets the midnight calls and gives emergency rides…and he misses it ❀ Enjoy πŸ˜€

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  9. Cheers for Elisabeth and you, Mark! Wherever I drive my son Aaron these days I feel a combination of pride, gratitude, and a wish he had other ways of getting there. I am sure you’ll be getting a good report from your daughter soon. And I like seeing all your photos!

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    • Soon Aaron will be merely asking you for the car keys, Ann. Then, a car of his own. 😦

      Elisabeth said the first day was very good. The complex is huge. All the teacher did was show them around. Next time, she is going to look for on-street parking, she says. πŸ™‚

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  10. Congratulations and good luck to Elisabeth! She’ll do great, and you have every right to be a proud dad … she’s doing well and doing good. πŸ™‚

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  11. Proudly driving my kids, not so proudly driving my kids, kind of annoyed while driving my kids…oy Mark, it never ends does it? But seriously, very happy that your daughter is making strides in her new career and seems like a worthwhile journey!

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    • Your kids are of the age where you have to drive them everywhere, and in LA, I suspect everywhere is a haul, Marissa. No wonder you get a bit weary sometimes. Yes, Elisabeth is logging a lot of miles in this educational journey. The end result after next school year is going to be very sweet, indeed. Thank you for coming along in the ride, today. Your similar satisfactions will be here before you know it, my friend.

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      • Yeah, push them to that. Elisabeth got her learner’s permit on her eligibility birthday. Driving home from the DMV she looked over at me in the passenger seat and said, “I can see you grabbing ‘the oh, shit handle’ you know,” and I cracked up laughing, and I knew we would be fine. Knock on wood, nine years later, we still are.

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  12. this is so great, and i’m proud of her too, vicariously. all will be worth it one day and you’ll be lucky to have someone to help with pt in the family as needed) i like the first one as she looks ready and so proud – as for driving/parking, i vote for letting her work it out with her carpool and pitch in to park cheaply, part of important life skills. you’ve gotten her off to a great start and she’ll only continue to grow from here )

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    • Thanks, Beth. I get proud when I read your posts about your daughters’ achievements, too, such as this week’s visit to her students. πŸ™‚ I am very happy that Elisabeth will be able to twist me into shape forever more, you are right about that. I think the parking situation will result in on-street, figure out the proper side of the street. This start at 8 a.m. should get her there early enough for there to be open spots. Knock on wood. πŸ™‚

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