Other People’s Kids

The Ryan, Oklahoma High School class of 2018 throws their mortarboards in the air after graduating Saturday night.
The Ryan, Oklahoma High School class of 2018 throws their mortarboards in the air after graduating Saturday night.
I've known Teddy since she was a little girl, pictured here with Abby in December 2004.
I’ve known Teddy since she was a little girl, pictured here with Abby in December 2004.

Every year, I work between 10 and 20 graduations, either from high school, the tech center (where I teach), the college, and the occasional ceremony to which I am personally connected, like last night’s commencement at Ryan High School, where my wife Abby’s grand niece Teddy Lauren Brown graduated. I’ve known Teddy for most of her life, and watched her grow up to be, among other things, very much a natural in front of the camera. Readers might remember from my teaching site that I shot her senior pictures in October (link).

Our day started with Teddy’s mom, Abby’s niece Amber, buying us lunch at a new restaurant in Waurika, Oklahoma called Doc’s Place. Amber was excited that they offered a vegan option, practically unheard of in a town so small. They made me a black bean burger, which had a good flavor, but which was more like soup on a bun than a burger. I laud them for their efforts to offer healthier choices, and encourage them to perfect the recipe.