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It all started on a cool Tuesday morning in September in Blaine, MN in 2004 when we sent Jacob off to his first day of kindergarten. His first year of school was fabulous and he made a lot of friends. At our first parent/teacher conference, his teacher recounted to us how he was sat next to the twins from China. The thought was that since he was such a chatterbox, he’d help them pick up the English language quickly. I’m pretty sure their new words revolved around things like hockey, Halo, Buzz Lightyear and Star Wars, but hey at least it was a start.
I remember being as equally emotionally wrecked sending him on that bus that day to kindergarten as I was on Friday. Except this time instead of getting on a big yellow bus, he was (gulp) driving himself to school. Almost 13 years later, his journey through school ended in Boca Raton a far cry from where it started (Blaine, MN.)
Meanwhile, his little brothers have two more weeks of school…. Two weeks of radio silence at home during the day, now that’s quite the graduation present. Throughout the years, Jake’s always been persistent, goal driven and kind. While I’m broken up that this stage of his life is over, I cannot wait to see what he achieves next.