Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Galadriel Tanqueray Onassis


When I started this blog back in January of 2006, young Galadriel Tanqueray Onassis was just 11 years old.  She was starting her 2nd semester of middle school.


On Memorial Day Weekend, I proudly watched her walk across the stage in Municipal Auditorium as she graduated High School.


You probably know about GTO.  I may have mentioned her on this blog once or twice.

http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2007/01/who-has-cricket.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2007/06/sad-news-to-report.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2007/12/gto-christmas-present.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2008/04/sausage-fest.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2008/04/oh-my-jesus-we-are-takin-little-car.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2008/06/so-this-was-my-day.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2008/08/major-milestone.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2008/08/transcription.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2008/09/mighty-zippothe-rest-of-story.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2008/09/huntin-fer-piercin.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2008/10/my-1000th-post.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2008/11/is-parentconnect-too-much-information.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2009/01/parental-promises-vs-parental-ethics.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2009/02/bite-me.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2009/08/well-its-official.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2009/10/im-not-planner-im-doer.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2009/11/culinary-serendipity.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2009/11/huge-first.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2010/01/epiphany.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2010/03/my-gto-revealed.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2010/04/my-awesome-daughter.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2010/05/ferrous-hominid-redux.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2010/05/i-need-you-to-call-me.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2010/07/my-favorite-greek.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2010/10/american-history-in-gtos-own-words.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2010/10/no-paternity-testing-needed.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2010/11/dark-side-of-greg-becks-per-fuckin-fect.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2010/11/dark-side-of-greg-becks-per-fuckin-fect.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2011/08/bird-lives.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2012/02/what-ridiculous-fucking-day.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2012/04/my-father-december-21-1925-april-1-2012.html
http://hipsubwg.blogspot.com/2012/05/my-fathers-folded-flag.html

Let me tell you a few things about my daughter.

She's smart.  Really, really fucking smart.  Smarter than you!

She's tough and resilient.  I could tell you stuff.  She's had to deal with a lot of shit in the past 18 years.  She's still dealing with shit.  But she never lets adversity define her.  She makes adversity her bitch.

I trust her.  She has a good head on her shoulders and she makes good decisions.  She makes good friends.  She sees the mistakes that other people make and she learns from them.

She has a really BIG heart.  She cares about other people.  Way more than I do.  When she sees people in pain she wants to reach out and help them.

She's a good friend.

She's a rational atheist with no tolerance for superstition, bigotry, prejudice or hatred.

Much to my amazement, I've raised a daughter who is a genuinely good human being.

I'm proud to be her father and I love her more than anyone or anything.


If the only worthwhile thing I accomplish on this planet is fathering GTO, I'll consider myself a very wealthy man.

14 comments:

Donna said...

I wonder if you would be ashamed of her if she had not turned out to be an atheist. This is not a smart-ass question. I am just wondering.
Neither of my children accept my beliefs wholeheartedly. I still accept them and am proud of them.

Keith Sader said...

Congrats man, well done!

Xavier Onassis said...

Donna - Not at all. I didn't raise her to be an atheist. She attended a Christian day care center in the basement of a church. Her mother used to take her to church services. She used to attend summer bible school with her best friend. I wanted her to be exposed to religion and make up her own mind. I never, ever tried to indoctrinate her.

But one day, when she was a young teen, she flat out asked me if I believed in God. I told her I didn't and that I was an atheist. Her reply was "ME TOO! That's what I think about all of that hocus pocus!"

She came to atheism on her own.

Donna said...

Thanks for an honest answer, XO.

Christy said...

Aww...what a sweet post! How odd. ;-) Congratulations to GTO for graduating high school, I'm sure she'll go far with such a great dad backing her up.

Mike Ekey said...

Congratulations. Great post and best of luck to GTO.

Dan said...

I know how you feel. Congratulations. Thank God there is NOT a just God giving us the children we probably deserve.

Xavier Onassis said...

Dan - A God who "blessed us" with the children we deserve would be an ancient, cruel and vengeful God indeed.

Byron said...

As always, a very nice post. Congratulations to the grad!

Faith said...

Aw, CONGRATS to GTO!!! I feel like I've known her for years, and join you in feeling so proud of all that she's accomplished/the person she's become at this stage in her life. Such a lovely girl...

I Travel for JOOLS said...

This is a tough time for young people starting out in life. College costs a fortune. Good jobs are hard to find. It sounds like GTO has what it takes to make her way despite the challenges. Heck, it almost sounds like she'll thrive on them.

Congratulations to both of you.

Well Hell Michelle said...

Congrats to you and GTO!

nick said...

congrats. some higher education for the lass?

Poodles said...

Congrats! She's beautiful.