Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Ten years ago - on this very date - the not-quite-yet Texas Tornado moved into her freshman dorm at Seton Hall University.  This afternoon, a flight shall transport the now-full-fledged Texas Tornado to New Jersey for the final time pre-nuptials.  When she next boards a plane for Texas, she shall be a Missus. 

A lot happens in ten years.  Some good.  Some bad.   Of course.  That is how it is supposed to be.  For it is Life.  We live it.  It is not a Disney touring production of "Snow White" or some such thing.  It is Life.  We savor the highs.  We absorb the lows.  And through it all we hope to maintain a keel even enough that it allows us to successfully navigate our day-to-day.

Ten years ago on this very date, Suzanne and all of the treasures she had accumulated to that point in her life moved up the road a bit from our house to her dorm room.  We transported enough "stuff" with us for her that News 12 came by where we had her belongings gathered - on a lawn outside the dorm - to shoot some footage of her belongings.  If memory serves me correctly they found it hard to believe that (a) all of the stuff was for just one student; and (b) all if it would fit inside of her room.  It was.  And it did.

She will carry considerably less with her on her flight home today.  Yet, she is not traveling light.  She carries with her nothing less than everything:  everything she is, everything for which she hopes and everything for which she dreams.  At eighteen, that load would have been too much for her to bear.  At twenty-eight, she carries it with grace and with ease. 

A lot happens in ten years.


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