(I will confess in trying to convince DS that we needed to practice a handshake where he passed my business card to Mr. President, but I only received an eye roll in response.)
Having the president speak at your graduation is beyond cool, but I'll admit that I think I have a pretty awesome kid, too!
It doesn't matter that this picture was taken years and years ago, this picture screams Jakeob!
p.s. No worries - it's a pellet gun and gun safety is a way of life here (or you meet the wrath of DH and he doesn't care who you are - adult or kid!) and the slough is only a couple of feet deep.
Jakeob, as a toddler, had to sit on they dryer and watch the clothes washer fill with water and then agitate. He never got tired of watching! (And I had a little downtime while he was preoccupied :))
As a young grade schooler, he tormented my dad with pleas to ride in the combine. He finally relented and let Jakeob do two rounds in the combine. After which, he came bounding back in the house, shouting "I get it now!" Mission accomplished -- he never asked to ride in the combine again.
That need to know how things work, let to many experiments on the farm - like making a raft from a pallet and styrofoam or transplanting a frog brain into a bird. (It didn't work!)
His observation skills tho sometimes looked at things a little differently. What we call a woodpecker, he called a nosepicker! Can't argue with that logic!
He'll now be a crop consultant and put those problem solving skills to good use figuring out how to get tthe best yields while managing costs, weeds, and pests in the field. But his boss will also be getting a kid with a great work ethic and a fabulous sense of humor.
Something that we forget now, although it was a big part of our life when it was happening, is that Jakeob has had 5 hip surgeries and spent more than his share in hip spica casts, wheelchairs, walkers, limited physical activity ... until 4th grade when he got the a-ok to play football. That was his definition of normal and he hasn't stopped since.
And this is him today - guns and water are still a big theme with him.
We're very proud of him! Congrats, little Adler, you have been a blessing in our lives! Love, Mom and Dad