To my wife upon graduating in 2013.

A boy went off to college,
His wife there by his side,
His God to keep and guide him,
What could he want besides?

Love reigned and kept them,
The couple newlywed,
Through victory, defeat, and hope,
In their tiny little homestead

He dabbled in engineering,
But mechanics just wasn’t his thing,
Business school seemed promising,
“I think I’ll try: accounting!”

Debits equaled credits,
At least, on a good day,
And with each moment passing,
They looked forward to that day

A day they vowed
Before their vows were given,
They would one day accomplish,
With the help of Heaven

Some said,
“Surely you must be mad!
Go get a job, don’t be a snob,
There are greater things to be had!”

But they pressed onward still,
Not turning right or left,
The couple, you see, experienced the thrill
Of watching God work out the cleft

Summers came and went,
The spring, the winter, fall
Semesters seemed to never end,
Life was moving at a crawl

Eventually they saw some light,
An internship was given,
So Mr. and Mrs. left the town,
To taste of future living

The audits pressed on and on,
With lots of late night oil,
Some paychecks too were collected,
That seemed to lighten the toil

The time was up, and came the day
When offers would be made,
The Mr. and the Mrs. prayed,
And accepted the offer, Thursday

So hope in hand, they came right back
To that maroon and white town,
One trial remained to be won,
Cost Accounting was going down!

The Mister, he was short on hope,
Since the class was quite a beast
But with the Lord and the Mrs. behind
Cost Accounting: deceased!

Friends cheered and congratulated them,
Quite an accomplishment they had achieved,
But they remember those long, hard nights
And the blessed God that relieved.

So now the boy is a man,
His wife and college grew him up,
With his wife holding hands and diploma in the other,
The future is starting to look UP!