I am so happy that it is here. Summer does something to me…it gets me outside more, it brings out a more social side of me and it motivates me. You would think the heat would do the opposite, but I am a sun worshiper. I know we don’t like to turn our ovens on but what a better time to bake with these sunny yellow lemons…but first, a recap:
Right before the first day of summer, my “little” brother Douglas (who is a foot taller than me) graduated from high school. Time has gone by so fast…talk about a quarter life crisis…that aside, I am so incredibly proud of him.
He went from being the most annoying little brother out there…
highlights including: being drenched with a garden hose, being chased around the house with a baseball bat, his slamming my hand in a door way, finding Oreos in my computer’s CD drive, my grandmothers potent perfume in my CD player and my favorite CDs melted in our heating vent…all pleasant memories, indeed. I fell victim to the terrible twos.
…to being a wonderful brother and friend.
Apparently he expended all of his torturing energy on me because despite being the tall kid in middle school, he was never a bully. If anything, he protected other kids from bullies.
He grew up to be the exact opposite of that hyper, rambunctious and violent little brother that I remember.
Nowadays, he is calm, caring and kind. I call him the “gentle giant”.
Sure I can brag because he is my brother, but no doubt he is an incredibly talented young man with a passion for film production. When he was applying to college, he told me that growing up, he never felt like the student type, but once he got to high school and got involved in the media program, he felt like he found his passion and it all came together for him.
He worked hard in school and worked after school at the local public TV station and at the media center at school, filming football games, conferences and events. He and his friends made a film which I just watched last night…it blew me away.
He was accepted to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where he will be studying film!
On graduation night, I admit to tearing up, it’s such a big time in ones life, the end of an era and the beginning of a new.
My wonderful parents looked so proud, so happy. They supported him and believed in him all along.
My husband, Thomas (who has known Doug for 11 years – since he was running around in his underwear singing Avril Lavigne strumming a kids guitar) was another proud supporter.
We love you Douglas, congratulations!
Bake this beautiful lemon yogurt cake for the recent grad in your life. Maybe they won’t tell it’s made with yogurt instead of butter. They have enough on their plate.
You can find the recipe here!
Or you could open Barefoot Contessa at Home to page 168
Garten, Ina. “Lemon yogurt cake” Recipe. Barefoot Contessa at home. New York: Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2006. pp.168. Print.