Thinking about Jeremy forging out on his own, I was interested to hear the speaker at synagogue last night. The choir sang (that's me and my friends at synagogue) to celebrate 2 anniversaries of people in the choir--a 25th and 50th--graduation of some high school students in the community, and an interesting speaker presented some of his thoughts.
He was a famous neurosurgeon who was once an illegal immigrant from Mexicali working the tomato fields. By sheer dint of determination and intelligence, he made his way through Harvard med school, and now is head of his department at Johns Hopkins. But he is such a sweet, humble person, so kind. He is not Jewish, obviously, but seemed very intrigued and interested in our service.
His words about his life made me feel more secure about Jeremy finding his way. If this man could do it, without the benefit of a middle class upbringing, overcoming barriers of all kinds, then Jeremy can probably make a go of it as well, particularly since he does not aspire to Harvard Med and brain surgery.