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So, it has come to this: Stretch turns 21 years old today.
We have been through this before as HJ jr got there a few months back. We have crossed this particular Rubicon.
But, not only does Stretch cross the 21 threshold today, tomorrow, he graduates Gonzaga University and prepares, in a few short weeks, to begin his Master’s studies at the University of Notre Dame.
I am not sure which milestone is more affecting but I can tell you, I am emotionally compromised thinking about the little boy who used to spend hours playing Backyard Football, the middle school kid who laughed and laughed at something outrageous The Cinnamon Girl said to him, the high school student who made incredibly close friends, led retreats and loved his siblings, the college student who did so well he got himself into his dream school for post graduate studies and the young man who will dedicate his life to educating others.
We could not be more proud of Stretch, of the young man he has been and the man he is becoming.
We love you.
Happy next phase of your life!