A few weeks ago, my family got a Great Pyrenees puppy!
It’s weird to think about how big this little fluff ball is going to get…
He’s already quite a bit bigger than when we first got him.
Here’s some pictures from a few weeks ago.
It seems like every time I’ve turned on the news lately, it has been filled with sadness and hate. It has been filled with death and cruelty. It has been filled with darkness.
It’s still difficult to think about what happened in Orlando this past Sunday. It’s hard to imagine that someone could walk into a building and take so many human lives. It’s painful to think about how one human could contain such darkness.
No matter what your views and/or opinions are on how these individuals (the victims) lived their lives… please put that aside. They were still humans… friends… sons… daughters… lovers…
No one deserves what happened to these 102 (49 dead, 53 injured) individuals.
Through all this darkness… we still need to look for the light.
Like any dark blanket that has covered the Earth throughout history… there has been candles of light. There has been all the people giving blood, JetBlues offer of free flights to the immediate family and domestic partners of victims, and all the love and kindness pouring out from communities around the world.
This world may never be safe from darkness but when the lights go out… we should always keep looking for the candles in the crowd.
Sending much love to the Orlando victims and their families.
Also sending love to Cristina Grimmies family. Christina was shot and killed after performing a concert on June 11th (also in Orlando but seemingly unrelated). I had watched her first YouTube videos quite a bit when they first were posted but it had been 2 years since I’d looked her up.
Beautiful people… may you rest in peace…
Tonight, my little brother graduated from high school.
It has been a long, hard trek and now that door is closing behind him… allowing him to open many other doors.
It’s crazy. It feels like just yesterday, he was a coo-coo little kindergartner jumping up on the bus the first day and yelling, “THE EXIT!! WE ARE HERE!!”
Just yesterday… we were running around in the yard and making “villages” with fallen leaves.
Just yesterday… I was sitting in the after school program at my elementary school crying and frantic because I knew my silly little brother had taken the bus and there wouldn’t be anyone home to greet him.
Just yesterday… I was watching him overcome things that certain people told us he would never be able to do.
Just today… I watched him walk across the stage and graduate high school.
It’s crazy how time has flown…
Congrats, little brother. I’m so very proud of you.
Now it’s time to party!
I love you, my little brother.
I turned 21 on May 21st this year.
I don’t feel any older…
I am older but I don’t feel it.
I can drink now… legally.
By drink, I mean alcohol… which you probably could have guessed. I could always drink juice boxes… which I would almost still prefer over alcohol.
For my birthday, I went to the Tennessee Aquarium with my family, drank at a hotel happy hour with my parents, and went to the Chattanooga Zoo the next day. All in all, a pretty fun way to celebrate.
It was my type of celebration.
I wasn’t getting wasted at some hyped up party. I wasn’t puking up my guts (because of the party). I wasn’t regretting anything that had happened.
I was with people I knew wouldn’t let me do anything stupid and I got to look at jellyfishes.
Today, my 2 year-old sister approached me and explained “Seahorses. Daddies have babies. The daddy seahorses have babies.” She then told me she learned that at the aquarium.
Also while we were at the aquarium, Sparrow and I were looking at snakes. Upon looking down into an exhibit with multiple snakes, she pointed at this one orangeish colored snake with red spots and said “hey… corn snake.” She was right.
Smart little girl.
The Tennessee Aquarium was probably the best aquarium I have ever been to (and I have been to quite a few in the eastern part of the USA). I would definitely recommend it to others.
It’s kind of weird being 21.
The range of drinks that I can now have in public has been expanded. Cool.
We’ll see where the year takes me.