He's been nonchalant about it, but with all we've been through together in the last four years it's a pretty big deal that Nate graduated from high school last night. As befitting a celebration of Nate, we ran outside in the pouring rain to drive to the ceremony, only to realize that half the back of the van was filled with cedar mulch and a bicycle, and thus we were one seat short for our now six-person family. We also discovered that the tassel for his cap and gown was missing from its bag. The graduate was good natured about riding to his big night on bags of mulch, and by the time we got there, the sun had come out and a giant rainbow was spread across the sky. Luckily, there were extra tassels to be had, and all of the little boys were cooperative and excited to see their biggest bro mark this rite of passage.
If I've learned one thing from Nate, it's that no matter how winding the path, it all tends to work out in the end. I look forward to our next adventure into adulthood with him.