the graduate with his bride and his boys
Family flocked in for a double celebration this past weekend. Craig generously shared the spotlight with Avery on Sunday, but Saturday was all about Dr. Gooch. He's a modest fellow but the post-dinner program left him well awarded and it was obvious he has been loved and respected by his peers and mentors.
During the evening a previous program director for the residency commented, "No one knows delayed gratification better than medical graduates." To say these doctors have been put through the wringer is an understatement. Blood, sweat, and tears. Blood, a given for an ER physician; sweat, a result of no AC in his little black car combined with Phoenix summers; and tears, mostly from his wife---all literal components of the past 11 years of preparation leading up to this point.
I'm proud of him. His parents beamed that night. Craig shined. Congrats, Grad! Watch out Duke!