Though the details are different, his story is an echo of my dad's story. My dad also supported himself (with the help of friends) while finishing high school. The two even look alike.
|My parents. I think dad was 20 here.|
Miles and his girlfriend Danielle. He is 17 here I think.
Miles graduated June 3rd in the top 10% of his class. He is headed to Appalachian State to start classes this summer.
|Sarasota High School class of 2016|
Miles and Ashley after graduation was postponed for rain.
So last week the kids and I, Mamaw, Ashley, and Ashley's boyfriend, Jarett loaded ourselves and a lot of stuff into two vehicles and headed toward Sarasota. We spent two nights there and attended Miles' outdoor graduation where we got completely soaked in a downpour. Then Miles and Danielle joined the caravan headed toward Cayo Costa.
1. A 14 hour car ride with the family can be very relaxing and enjoyable when you have a teenager who likes to drive and the family dynamic is changed slightly by one family member riding with Mamaw.
2. When your family leans toward being food snobs, the cost of feeding them on the way could pay for a couple of plane tickets.
3. Florida in June is very different from Florida in March. The heat is oppressive, the storms severe, the bugs brutal, and the sun stronger than the sunscreen generously applied to our pale West Virginian skin.
4. I never want to camp in Florida in June again, or July, or August. Actually, I don't want to step foot in the state during the summer ever again.
5. It is possible to find a bit of fun and relaxation even when it is oppressively hot and the no swim flag is flying at the beach.
6. Time with family is worth it even if it isn't exactly what you hoped for.
I am glad we went and spent time with Miles. I am sure someday we will look back and laugh about the vacation where we sweat buckets while dodging rain and hostile bugs. Today is not that day, but someday, maybe.
Congratulations Miles! We are proud of you.