A great Rags clan Easter
We had 7/10 of the Rags clan at mom and dad's for Easter weekend. My bride and I, our son, and my niece and eldest nephew. My brother, SIL, and youngest nephew were at their home in Asia and could not make it due to my brother's work and nephew's school schedule.
All in all a pretty good weekend. The three young people who made it are all inspiring and inspired performers.
My niece will finish her BABA in early may... at least she will walk anyway. She has three summer classes to finish before the university actually confers her degree.. She is taking 21hrs this semester and is pulling A's (5) and B's (2) across the board. She is a beautiful young woman and has made remarkable strides in evolving from what I could only classify as a ditzy party girl to a poised and intellectual young woman over the past 3ish years. She is being courted by several financial services companies, a notable technology company, and the FDIC. She turned 23 in February.
My eldest nephew is a university Sophomore studying for a dual major in Engineering Business and Computer Science. So far he is an honor student and has a significant academic scholarship to a prestigious Tx university. He is singularly the most focused and driven young man I have ever seen. Focused and wicked smart. He is also an accomplished self taught guitar player and plays in various student groups and ministries on campus when his school and study schedule allows. He will be 21 in November.
My son, SSgt Rags, just finished his first 6 year enlistment and started his next enlistment of 4 years in the USAF. He works in a Computer Science field and is working on his BSCS. He and his cousin spent quite a bit of time geeking out in technical CS conversations about various programming languages, CS related fields, etc.... My son will be 25 in a few months.
Aside from the "kids" spending hours on the floor in the storage room going through piles of old photo albums and boxes of old family photos while laughing their butts off at my dad's side burns and my elephant bell Levis we had some great family time together. Lots of bantering, feasting, teasing and very interestingly in depth discussion on world and national events, politics, and the US and global economies. Let me tell ya..... these are three very sharp and engaged young people. They are interested, informed, and have no problem asking tough questions of the oldsters and laying out well thought out and cogent arguments and counter points if they don't agree.
This weekend truly gave me pause to consider that maybe, just maybe, our nation and the world may not be in too bad of shape for the next generation after all.
I hope everyone's Easter was a good one.