Personal note: My daughter graduates from high school today

My little girl who was just two years old when I started BikePortland will graduate from high school today. ❤️😲🥲

Some of you might recall seeing my daughter Eleni at bike events over the years when she was just a wee one. It’s been a long time since she’s followed me to “work”. There was also that time when I shared a story about her first ride home alone from soccer practice.

Today, Eleni and her Roosevelt High School classmates will officially graduate.

Just thought this would be a fun milestone — and some fun photos! — to share.

And one more thing… BikePortland will be quiet today in observance of this special family day. (Thanks to the help of our subscribers and supporters, pretty soon we’ll have a staff so even if I need to step away, BikePortland won’t miss a beat.)

— Jonathan ❤️

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Mike Quigley
Mike Quigley
1 year ago

Congrats to both of you!

PATRICK
PATRICK
1 year ago

Remember Aurelia? She is a waitress & bartender.

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

Congrats! It goes by so fast!

Lance
Lance
1 year ago

Congrats! I’m sure this year was hard for all of you. Senior year fully remote must have been hard for her for sure. I was reading your recent post and you mentioned how one of your kids was 18. I remember reading a post of yours about letting your kid ride to school on her own and how you trailed them so they wouldn’t see you. I feel like it was just yesterday.

Michael Kinsley
Michael Kinsley
1 year ago

I just picked the “baby” of the family up from his first year of college. As Tom said, it goes by really fast. Congratulations to the family.

The Dude
The Dude
1 year ago

Yes, I remember her before she was old enough to ride! Thanks for making the Dude feel old af!

Congratulations to Eleni! And to all the resilient graduates in the Class of ‘21.

Ed Birnbaum
Ed Birnbaum
1 year ago

It can’t really have been that many years, Jonathan! Congratulations to you and Eleni and thanks, once more, for all you’ve done for us and for Portland during that time.

AndyK
AndyK
1 year ago

She’s lucky to have a great dad like you. Congrats on all you’ve accomplished in this town and your wonderful family. Keep it up!

Todd/Boulanger
1 year ago

NIce, congrats! I remember her crawling around your house or in the a rear bike carrier at many an event. 😉

Todd/Boulanger
1 year ago
Reply to  Todd/Boulanger

I think Eleni’s local “bikie” fame was cemented with the first Easter Bike pics…on BP. Thanks for always sharing!

Todd/Boulanger
1 year ago
Reply to  Todd/Boulanger

Just like our kids…you feed them and they grow up and out! Our bikie “Dread Pirate Roberts” – challenger of unjust bike laws* – is now in his late 20s and a sound engineer in Seattle.

*Sadly it looks like Vancouver may have our helmet law longer than Seattle/ King County…with the recent push to end theirs for adults…even though Vancouver did it to “match” Seattle/ KC.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bikeportland/2326334166/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bikeportland/2325514989/in/photostream/

Jim Labbe
Jim Labbe
1 year ago

Great post. Thanks for sharing. Congrats!

João Lacerda
1 year ago

Thank you for sharing. My little daughter just turned 5 and my boy is 7 already. He rides a 20” MTB and she is on his for 16”. ANd they both started riding on my bike almost as soon as they could sit up straight. Seeing your daughter grow up cycling touched me deeply, as I can already see how my kids have grown.

Enjoy!

JF
JF
1 year ago

Congrats! My youngest just graduated high school as well. It does go by so quickly.

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

Congrats from the parent of another newly minted Roosevelt alum!
Go Riders

Russell
Russell
1 year ago

I’ve only been lurking since I briefly bumped out of town back in 2007 and lost my log-in, but I remember some of those early pics and now I feel old. Congrats Jonathan in moving into a new phase of being a parent!

Kevin Klein
Kevin Klein
1 year ago

Congrats!

chris Billman
chris Billman
1 year ago

Fantastic! It’s amazing how many times our children put a smile on our faces.
To a long loving family, never stop giving hugs to each other.

DC
1 year ago

Thanks for sharing, congrats to her!!

Andrew F Yeoman
Andrew F Yeoman
1 year ago

Congratulations Eleni and family!