Sunday, August 10, 2008
Nathan is officially a dental student. Friday afternoon we attended his White Coat Ceremony. The White Coat Ceremony is a lot like a commencement ceremony, except backwards. Instead of saying, "Good-bye, hope you remember what we taught you," they say, "Hello, open your brain because we have a lot to put into it." Oh yeah, and they help you put on a white coat and shake your hand once it's on.
They had a few speakers, the dean, a few professors (dentists), and then a keynote speaker who is a very well respected dentist in the community. Then they had all the students stand and one by one they called the students up so the dean could put their coats on them.
It took place in a chapel on Case's campus. The chapel had wooden pews and Jeremy kept laying belly down on them so he could pull himself across them with his hands. Each time he'd say, "Look mom, I'm a fish!" It was really funny. It would have been even funnier if it wasn't during a ceremony where everyone was supposed to be quiet. Megan continually threw up one of the receiving blankets over Emma's head and then shrieked with laughter. Literally shrieked-the girl is a harpy sometimes.
Afterward they had a reception which was very nice. Yummy food, but I didn't get to eat much of it. We were busy talking to the Army guy. You see, Nathan has decided to join the U.S. Army. The Army will pay for his schooling, give us a signing bonus, and give us a monthly check. When dental school is over he will automatically have a job, we can pretty much decide where we want to live, the Army pays for the moving expenses, we will have health insurance, good pay with no student loans to pay back, no malpractice insurance to worry about, and the chance to take our kids to another country. There is next to no chance that we'd actually be asked to go over seas, but if Nathan and I decide we want to live in Italy for three years, we could. We prayed about it last week and both felt like it was the right thing to do. The Army, not Italy. Yet.