Instead, you are stuck with photos of my cousin in his crazy bachelor days, but wait, that certainly isn’t a flashback.
I have had the pleasure of watching Sean grow up after years of attending catechism together and celebrating all the major holidays at his family cabin (St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s, and Muskey season, you know, the big ones). He has gone from the kid who knows more about Sonic the Hedgehog to the kid who studies both Mandarin and an alphabetical list of DC pubs. Sean is scary smart, wicked funny and can adapt himself to any unusual situation, be it counseling a new batch of recruits on budgeting for beers and Ford Mustangs or surviving a very awkward Easter Brunch with a bunch of strangers. He can lighten up a room with his mere presence or his impressive pant-splitting dance moves.
Sean is off to Afghanistan on Sunday as a first lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. We are all very proud and humbled by where and when and how Sean will be serving our country. His wisdom, wit and adaptability will make him an excellent representative of our military and I know upon his safe return he is destined for many big things. I pray for the kid in the green tights who grew up to be such an incredible man.