The Growing Wall Lives On

One of the only things we’re not sticking in a moving box this month is The Growing Wall, that place where we marked the growth of our kids, inch by inch. The wall hasn’t seen much action recently what with all our boys maxed out on height…

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So what do you do with a growing wall when you’ve sold your house? It’d be sacrilege to paint it over. You can’t take it with you. And there’s not enough time to re-purpose it into a Shrinking Wall (You know, the wall that empty nesters use to measure the ravages of age and gravity). No, you just have to hope that a family like this buys your house, a family that believes in the growing wall concept¬†(they’re the really young people on the left)…

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So, as of next month, when we move out and they move in, “O” (4’3″) and “V”( 3’6”), will be the new keepers of The Growing Wall…

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Thanks, Armed Services

Paul C. Harper, Jr., 1943, Captain in the Fleet Marine Force on Iwo Jima (age 23!)

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And yesterday, during a speech at his assisted living facility (age 92!)…

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…”Iwo Jima was our last battle: from there we went to Guam to prepare for the invasion of Japan, scheduled for November. It came as a great relief that in the middle of August our radio operator started yelling at the top of his lungs, “It’s over! It’s over!”…Our next stop was home, with memories of the many great Marines and sailors with whom we had served…”
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Career Opportunities…

Dear Quinn,

Graduation is coming up, so I figure you’re stressing about your career. Fear not. If your engineering degree doesn’t land you a job, remember that you have tons of previous experience in other fields…

You were a full on hero during the Malibu fire of `93…

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You’ve put in huge hours on heavy equipment…00391_p_10ab8pkby20736

The pajama uniform created some cred issues, but otherwise you nailed your stint as a cop… 00403_p_10ab8pkby20748

Do you have any idea how hard it is to find decent royalty these days? A Viceroy internship is totally within your reach….00380_p_10ab8pkby20725

If all else fails, invent a sport…(linoleum downhill)….00498_p_10ab8pkby20218

Love, Dad

I’m sorry, did you say you’re graduating?

Yesterday, Quinn called to talk about his graduation barbecue. He’s a senior. In college. Let me repeat that even louder. He’s a senior. In college. That means two of my three kids will be college graduates soon. Aside from making me feel like I’m 103, I’m also working up a little outrage because it has only been 17 minutes since we made this road trip for the start of his FRESHMAN year…