Encouraged and Confident, I Revisit Professionalism

In my recent blog about professionalism …. models of behavior at all levels … I expressed some concern that we might be losing our way in learning values in the right places… home, school, church scouts, team, etc.

My confidence was restored when Diane and I went to The Met School in Providence to a presentation by Max, our surrogate grandson.


The first thing I saw hanging on a wall at the entrance was this sign ( my picture by phone) well displayed for all to see. It is titled Family Rules.

We should not be surprised to see phrases such as: love each other, listen to your parents, always tell the truth, keep your promises etc.

No, not surprised, rather encouraged.

We listened to Max’ presentation of the values he learned at the school, and what it meant to him as he embarked on his next step to college.

I scribbled some adjectives about him … composed, articulate, engaging, witty, humorous, flexible, observant, respectful, comfortable….and more. Max was at another plateau.

Alyssia, Max, Ned

Alysia, Max, Ned

This is what I am writing of. This is where we learn the values of professionalism… broadly defined (by me) as a roadmap to live a life of integrity and respect.

I was emotional, thrilled and encouraged.

By | 2017-07-10T17:32:54+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Grandchildren|9 Comments


  1. Honey Chapman June 19, 2017 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Ahhhh… there is hope that the example of the “good apples” will inspire and direct all that appears at first glance to be rotten .
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Ed June 19, 2017 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      Yes, we needed some good apples.

  2. peter voccio jr June 19, 2017 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    Congratulations to Max and all involved. Our daughter has had that placard for years in her kitchen for our three granddaughters now ages14,16 and 18.
    Carly, our oldest, is off to Ithaca College in the fall. Their friends also live
    by those words. My favorite is respectful.

    • Ed June 19, 2017 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Peter.

  3. Tom Mulvey June 19, 2017 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    I enjoyed your Father’s Day article in the ProJo. I am sure your father modeled for you and Peter the professionalism principles articulated in your 2 posts.

    • Ed June 19, 2017 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Tom. Yes, he was a fine man and a role model indeed.

  4. Alysia Curry June 20, 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Thank you for loving him seeing him the way he should be seen.

  5. Alysia Curry June 20, 2017 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Thank you for loving him and seeing him the way he should be seen.

    • Ed June 20, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      We think Max is the best, Alysia, and feel so fortunate to be a part of his life.

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