Congratulations, Nick

The creature in my arms graduates from High School today. His name is Nicholas Neal Preller and he’s my oldest son.

High school graduations happen every year for a million different families. The ceremonies are ordinary, commonplace, boring, and, for me this one time, absolutely amazing.

We’ve been through some tough times together, and the story behind Nick’s middle name will always pull at my heart, but here we are today — still kicking — and it is simply a time to smile, to feel the chest swell, and shed a tear of gratitude.

Congratulations, Nick. We’re proud of you.

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