Joe, Michael and I on the annual family trip to the North Shore of Minnesota.
Eighteen days from now I will be back in Minnesota visiting my family and friends for the summer. I am unbelievably excited to see everyone and spend time re-connecting to the places and the people who I treasure most.
Unfortunately, I will arrive eighteen days too late to see my little brother graduate from high school. Today he finishes a four year high school journey. It wasn't too long ago that I was in that position and I just remember that sneaking suspicion that the entire world was about to change. You work so hard in class, in sports, in extra activities and in building the relationships with those around you. And then...the world just all shifts. You're leaving behind everything you have known - your friends, your family, your school, your city to go out and investigate a different place. The whole experience is thrilling and wonderful...and a little scary sometimes. You can't ever go back and point to that moment when it all changes, but sooner or later people grow up, they move away, they change and you're not in high school anymore.
Spiker - as you go out into the world of college you must know how incredibly proud I am to be your sister. You are an amazing man, friend, son, student, baseball player and most importantly - brother! I know you are going to do amazing things at the University of Nebraska next year and I cannot wait to hear all about it. I love you!!
All my love and congratulations to the class of 2010! Remember tonight, for it is the beginning of the rest of your lives. Good luck!