No I’m not married to a 21 year old (although she looks closer to 21 than her real age) - Renee, my wonderful wife of 18 years, is graduating from the Colorado Film School this Saturday.
I can’t express how much pride I have in watching her achieve this goal. As an adult, committing yourself to a course of study with a full time job of taking care of everything a family throws at you is simply amazing. Not only did she accomplish all her courses but she got straight As and has a leg up in the film/TV industry simply by being more worldly and mature.
When she first started three years ago I was thinking, “Wow I couldn’t handle homework at this age.” But she did. She took the subject matter very seriously and made sure to cultivate great relationships with the faculty and other students.
Her hard work has been recognized at numerous student shows. Every semester over 800 student films are submitted and only 20 or so are chosen to be included in the student show. Every film she has been a part of has made it to the show and she’s won three awards including Best First Year Student Film, Best Film, and Best Producer.
On top of that, several of the working faculty members have gone out of their way to extend their networks in TV and film - introducing Renee to seasoned executives - something that they rarely if ever do for a student.
Looking back over the last 18 years I think our collective desire to keep learning new things has kept our relationship strong and interesting. And while we may pursue different passions as individuals - we always have a lot to talk about over dinner.
Awesome job Renée - just another reason why I love you so much!