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Frosted Flakes: Graduation Season

The first ranchhand is graduating from high school this weekend. We also feature jumping spiders, New Zealand football pay parity, and Husker softball concludes their regular season.

Auckland University Graduation Parade Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images

It is a busy week here at the ranch. Ranchdude can hardly keep up tagging new calves. We have kids simultaneously participating in baseball, track, and golf. It is also “sneak in one more concert before the end of the school year”.

Most importantly, it is graduation season.

The oldest ranchhand gets his diploma on Saturday. For as sad as I was when I sent him off to kindergarten the first day, this is way worse. He won’t come back on the yellow bus at 3:45 every day anymore. In August, he will head off to the big city (Lincoln) to join the student body at the University of Nebraska.

He has turned into a remarkable human being. Not only is he useful around here, but he is someone I’ve enjoyed getting to know.

I know that sounds weird - getting to know your son. But, I mean it. He has been growing and changing so much during his years here, that I’ve mostly seen the raw materials. In the past year or so, I’ve gotten to see what the adult person in him is like. I really like that person. He’s smart, stubborn, kind-hearted, and open-minded.

I think he’s mostly ready for what the big wide world has in store for him.

Now, off to finish some of the 200 projects I started because of the big party this weekend. I may have some of them done by the time Son 2 graduates (two years).

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