Four years

Dear Zach,

This picture represents the culmination of four years of hard work. Your hard work. You knew what you wanted and how you wanted to get there. You worked and achieved exactly what you wanted in this life. Blood, sweat and tears for four years. It went by in the blink of an eye for us. I’m sure these past four years haven’t gone quickly for you, but you’re done. Finished. Ready to move on. So, tomorrow on May 16, 2018 you will become a member of VMI’s graduates. ’18! ’18! ’18! You. Did. It!

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Last week, I posted the letter I wrote you before you began this journey. But I didn’t post the blog where I talked about what I Gained when you began at VMI. My most favorite memory of matriculation day. On that day I wrote these words…

“I’ve been rewarded a lot and gained even more, but there is one thing I gained today which is beyond priceless to me. As Zach marched off with his Brother Rats in Company H we stood on the sidelines and watched. He made sure to catch my eye and give me a wink and a smile.
Today, I gained a son who understands what it means to not only be taken care of by your parents, but to take care of them as well.”
You have learned so much in these past four years. And so have we. I treasure each and every memory I’ve be privileged enough to share with you in the past four years. Now it’s time to begin the next chapter of your life. And we’ll be there to cheer you on.
Love Always,
Mom

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