Glenn is preparing to attend the graduation of his daughter Mary. He talked on radio today about how excited he is for Mary to graduate, explaining how she was able to overcome self doubt in order to get to this day. Glenn says he’s learned more from Mary than any other person - and he explained more on radio this morning.
"My daughter, Mary, is graduating this weekend, and here is a girl that when she was born, the doctor said she's not going to be able to walk or talk or feed herself. If it were to happen to you, there's no way - she had several strokes at birth and, there's no way you would be a functioning human being. But there's always hope."
"It has been a white-knuckle ride for her mother and I the whole time, you know."
"Anybody who doesn't believe is in denial that your parents at some point in their life didn't say, 'Lord, just take that away from them, give it to me, I'll do it. Please' you don't know who your parents are. Or maybe you do and I'm sorry for that. But every parent I know has done that. 'Just let me -- I'll take it. I'll take it.'"
"And she has struggled so hard. She just learns differently, and she has struggled so hard. And she graduates this weekend, and she graduates with A's and B's, and I am so proud of her. So, so proud of her. Remarkable girl and even a more remarkable woman."
"I've always felt that I have, in the end, probably learned more from Mary than any other human that I have encountered. She has challenged me more than anything else in my life and I think I've challenged her. But all in a good way. And she has made me a better man. And she makes people better around her. And I'm just excited for her to now begin her journey and see where it takes her."
"This was an important thing for her because when she was 16, 17, she thought, 'I could never go to college. I'll never make it.' And I hate to sound like Yoda, but that is why she struggled so hard in the beginning of college. Because she didn't think she could make it. And she took a break and she came home and that was the thing that I tried to break her of, was -- you're in your own way. Get out of your own way. Start to believe in yourself. Start to -- start to see how strong you are. And now look at her."
"And despite being in the university setting, she has still kept true to her values and her principles. And both of my daughters have, both of my daughters have. And that is such a remarkable accomplishment. I want to stand and applaud both of them for that."
"Not only did they both do great in college, but they came out the other and without the indoctrination. They struggled through it and -- but they came out saying I know who I am. I know what I believe. And as a dad, I just couldn't be prouder."