When I tell people I write a beer blog, they often assume I write reviews — but from my very first post, I’ve likened my blog to pulling up a bar stool and having a chat. Yes, there are occasional reviews, some ticket giveaways, beer fest and event posts–but I mostly think of this blog as a way to celebrate beer and life. I just can’t imagine my tree of life without the roots of good family, good friends and good beer. And for me that realization started with discovering my dad was Jack McAuliffe, who also happened to be the father of craft brewing in the U.S. It all goes together for me.
So today’s post is about the Brewer’s Granddaughter–my daughter Ali, who is graduating from high school in the very near future. Today a group of moms who have their last child in the local schools are gathering at the Burntwood Tavern for lunch and laughs and a few tears, I’m sure. Most of the kids in our small town have been together since kindergarten, some even go back to pre-school. Ali has known her best friend Molly since they were 3 years old. I can’t really believe we’re at this point, but life keeps marching on, and here we are. (And just so you know, we moms all look fabulous, and no one would believe we have children as old as this.)
I was choked up hearing “We are Young” come over the sound system as Ali and her friends departed for the prom last weekend–looking so grown up and beautiful, all of them. I’m thrilled she is graduating with honors, and has been selected to speak at her graduation ceremony. I look forward to her time at Tulane the next four years. Oh, to be so young and have it all in front of me again. I’m envious. I’m proud. I’m joyful. It’s never going to be the same.
And for that, I raise a glass to changes. It’s all good. Cheers.