My parents had a fun little going away/early birthday BBQ for me this weekend! It was really interesting to see how the party brought together people from so many different areas of my life. There were friends from high school, friends from church, friends I've known almost my whole life, newer friends, relatives, and a van full of Dinomights. There were babies, toddlers, grade schoolers, middle schoolers, high schoolers, college students, graduate students, adults, and my sweet grandparents. It really made me appreciative of the incredible community I have here. How did I get so lucky to have all of these amazing people in my life?
The adorable face above is Edward, and he is someone I am going to miss A LOT this summer! I tutor Edward through Dinomights and he is a total sweetheart. I have had so much fun getting to know him better this last year. He is one of the most pure-hearted, thoughtful, generous, and hilarious kids that I know. He is ALWAYS thinking about others. I remember one time we went to Dairy Queen and he ordered a kids meal. Most kids get those primarily for the treat right? Well Edward decided to only eat his hot dog so that he could save the chips and ice cream for his two little brothers at home. Also, whenever someone gave him candy at school on a Tuesday (tutoring day), he would make sure to save me a piece in his pocket. Edward tells some of the most amazing superhero stories you will ever hear, and one time told be that if I wanted, I could just call him "Speedy Boy". We have had so much fun this year with intense Connect Four Competitions, "Hip-Hop Sundays", BBQ's, and a trip to the zoo. His love for life and people makes him a joy to be around, and he has taught me more than I'm sure he'll ever realize. I am already looking forward to hanging out more in the fall!
FOUR days till I leave!! Crazy.........
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