"A part of great leadership is being able to look past the naysayers and hold fast to convictions that you are on the right path. And you all have done that, in spades."
It's like walking into a men's clothing store, asking the clerk if he can help you find a suit, and having him say, "Sure, but first I need to deal this gentleman a few games of craps."
I cannot be sure, but I would bet real academic money that the future editor-in-chief of the college newspaper, who had stated with utmost confidence that he would be a badger or a bald eagle or a great white or some other steady and vicious creature, had rolled his eyes as I made my paltry explanation.
As amazing as parenthood can be, I have been convinced for some time that our children conspire against us.