Friday, September 26, 2008

The Tip of a Mountain

"The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome.
The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valley to traverse."
Helen Keller

Most of you have watched the Price is Right and hopefully remember the game where the little hill climber goes steadily up the mountain as some giddy yodeling music plays in the background...well--if I could pinpoint the feeling of our climb to the place we have arrived at today that is similar to what I envision. However, on the Price is Right when the little mountain climber reaches the top of the hill he helplessly topples over the tip of the mountain, yet I feel like we are standing on the top of Mt. Everest waving a big red flag that says "WE FINALLY MADE IT"!!!

Ben got sworn in as an official attorney in the historic Buncombe County Superior Courtroom this afternoon--a monumental moment for us all. When asked why he wanted to pursue this career path he said "it is a job that I can enjoy and that has some redeeming societal value knowing that I can help people". Being a service provider myself I find this special as well as comforting knowing we have this similar, yet different, view of taking care of others.

After 3 years of law school, living hundreds of miles away, preparing for the bar and then the grueling month of waiting for the results, a cut and infected leg, and a rigorous move home we are finally at the end of the cycle of frustration and are relishing in the victory of RELIEF! I say "we" like I got sworn in too...but truly, I feel as happy as if it were happening directly to us as a family as much as it was to Ben personally, and it was. We did this together and it's so nice knowing that we can check this very big goal off of the "to-do" list of our life.

Thank you to our parents, family, friends and my co-workers (who are among my very closest friends) who encouraged us and loved us even when we were grouchy, tired and unlovable --because we recognize that it was through your support that we are where we are today!

Cajes swearing to ALWAYS "tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth."
(I may have to keep this picture on the refrigerator as a reminder of his oath, especially when he is a teenager.)

~Cajes on the witness stand~


"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Martin Luther King Jr


Anonymous said...

sonia, you are such a good wife! yes, you guys have come a long way. becoming a lawyer...check! it's done!!!! yah!
i love the picture of cajes getting sworn in. i need olive to do this. the lying is getting a little out of control around here.
i can already hear you guys in my head using this picture and experience as leverage in the future.
but really, congratulations. it's huge.

Monica Ingle said...

Congrats! We are all so very proud of you Ben! Nice to know I have a lawyer on my side..just in case.HAHA!

Mom & Don-Don said...

Ben & Sonia
We are so proud of your accomplishments. I know the journey was difficult and seemed endless at times...but well worth it all....
Our hope and prayer is for continued success and happiness as you transition into the life you both have worked so very hard to make.
Be happy, stay simple, and be humbely aware of the strength you have with each other.
With much love and pride to have you as our dauther and son in law..
Mom & Don-Don

Monica ingle said...

I just realized you didn't wear the shirt you bought at target to wear. Oh well, the black number looks more professional.