Jun 23, 2006

Woo-Hoo!

Yesterday the basic results for Greek university entrance exams came out. Daughter#1 did very well. Extremely well. We are pleased as peaches on cream here in Flubberwinkle home. Down-to-earth husband, however, has asked everyone to wait until all the results* come in before we start counting our chickens. You know the saying "opposites attract"... that's my marriage. Slap-happy silly versus stout sobriety. He has a point and I won't argue with reason. But it doesn't keep me from doing the victory dance when noone's looking.

I didn't think I'd get mushy, but when Daughter#1 called me at work with the first results my eyes filled with tears of joy and relief. My co-workers gave each other dubious wide-eyed looks, unsure of what I was hearing from the other side of the receiver. After telling them the good news, everyone went WOO-HOO (in Greek, it translates to BRAVOs). Then they took turns remembering the first time I brought her in the office 16 years ago (she was nine months AND walking, with cute bunny shoes, a bonnet and matching non-gothic baby outfit). She was the first baby by an employee and dubbed office mascot until my colleagues started mating and making mascots of their own.

And now, *sigh* she's off to University. Now that I think about it... someone should warn the University. I've unleashed my half silly (takes from my side)/ half serious (takes from daddy's side)/ heavy-metal / goth-sprinkled / Tolkien-fan / know-it-all chatterbox on them.

*all the results means including the "special" subjects such as foreign languages, which haven't been graded yet. She's already taken the English and German exams. Next week is the Italian language exam. These subjects are required if the candidate wishes to enroll in English, German or Italian Literature and Philology Departments.

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11 comments:

Snake (a Cambridge kind of guy) said...

And no doubt she'll do fabulously...

V-Grrrl said...

Go Goth-Grrrl! Do your mom proud!

Nemertes said...

Congrats to mom and daughter!

DrMax said...

Congrats to your daughter and your family, hard work always pays off.

Flubberwinkle said...

Thank you all for your good words! However, I can't take any credit for Daughter#1's academic achievements. I haven't helped her out with homework since the fourth grade. Occasionally, she would ask me to coach but ancient greek and latin phrases seemed too funny to pass up an opportunity of slacking off. We'd end up making up funny words followed closely by a social commentary (aka gossip) on what so-and-so had worn to school and who so-and-so had told off another so-and-so. Ah, the drama of high-school. I miss it already.

kassandra said...

More congrats from me! Your daughter sounds lovely. (In fact, I think she'd get along great with my brother - also kind of an original goth/metal etc. kid. Ha ha the matchmaker in me coming out, though alas he's in England right now).
Anyway, does she know yet what/where she wants to study yet?

Flubberwinkle said...

Kassandra, Thanks for the congrats. Daughter#1 is aiming for Foreign Lit/Linguistic Depts. Kid has a thing for Finnish too, so hopefully she'll land herself a student exchange program for Finland (the fact that all her favorite Finnish epic metal bands live and work there has absolutely nothing to do with it... honestly).
;-)

miss-spookiness said...

Thank you everybody... I was half-certain I had done horrible, but seeing the results was a relief.


Miss Spookiness aka Daughter#1

melusina said...

Congrats to her! I hope she gets the program/college of her choice (she better, with those scores!).

Dorothy said...

Congrats to your daughter! Mine will be graduating nursing school in another 2 months...wahooo...now SHE can help pay some bills around here! ;o)

Flubberwinkle said...

Melusina, Thank you. I hope your brother-in-law did well too!

Dorothy, Welcome and thanks for the congrats. I hope (and assume) that your daughter will find a job easily, because it's a whole other issue here in Greece. As soon as Greek students finish university they are lining up for a few years of unemployment or working other unrelated -to their studies- jobs.