This is a picture of my nephew, Mike, and my niece, Kaylee that my brother took at Mike’s graduation from kindergarten, back in 1999. It is one of my favorite pictures of them, when they were little. What makes this picture so memorable to me is the goofy smile on Mike’s face, and the pride that Kaylee has in her big brother.
I was reminded of this picture at Mike’s high school graduation on Thursday night. Kaylee was beaming with pride along with tears of joy that her brother had graduated. After the ceremony, and in the ensuing chaos, we were trying to find Mike. Once we had located him, Kaylee broke away from us, and she went running toward Mike. She was crying, and calling his name. When she got to him, she hugged him. The pride in her big brother had not faded over the years. For this, I am very happy.