It’s about midnight on Saturday, May 11. It’s been a very draining couple days. I’ve cried a lot. It’s the end to a chapter in my life that has been the hardest to live. It is a chapter that I will read again and again. However, in the future, I will try to read the underlined parts. The underlined parts of books are the things that stand out. Those are where change happens and where lessons are learned. I said by to some amazing seniors today. Some of whom I may lose contact and others I will surely see again.
This class of 20 students has been absolutely amazing. They’ve experienced things that 17 and 18 year olds should never have to experience. I got to walk alongside them and live life with them. It has truly been amazing to see these young people become adults. Whenever they seem like immature kids, they can really surprise you. One of these amazing young people gave me a hug and told me that I was brave for coming back after the accident. It was one of the best compliments I’ve gotten.
This day, although long and draining, has been great. Part of that greatness has been driving in a suburban with 6 Millers on the way to Arkansas. Although loud at times and crazy almost always, I absolutely love this family. There is no other family I’d love to be squeezed into a car with. There is never a dull moment. Between 4 kids yelling and telling jokes to Ron doing his best to get on my nerves, you would think I’d be ready to pull my hair out(or what’s left of it). Quite the opposite.
I love this family. I find so much joy in simply being with them. For me, no words need to be spoken. I just enjoy their company. There’s bickering and chairs not being tied down well enough and sunflower seeds everywhere…but it’s life. It’s family. It’s a memory that these people will have forever. It’s messy and fun. It’s a simple road trip to Arkansas to camp. I’m sure Ron and Amie cherish it and realize how special it is. Unfortunately the kids may not realize what a blessing it is yet(maybe they do…hopefully they do).
Unfortunately, I don’t really have memories like this with my family. We didn’t go on any family camping trips or random road trips to Colorado. Being with the Millers makes me realize how important and special things like this can be. I’m always so thankful to spend time with them because it reminds me that life is short and family is special. I hope that I can one day take my wife and kids somewhere for some amount of time. No plans. No maps. Just each other. Living life. Making memories. Yee haw.