My nephew, Allen, turns 17 today.
He was my family's first grandchild; my first nephew. I vividly remember walking back to my room at the DG house after class one morning, where my roommate Linda greeted me with, "You're an aunt a month early!" I was a senior in college then, just 12 days from graduation.
Allen will begin college at Montana State University in the fall. He plans to get his degree in earth sciences with a paleontology option.
I don't know when it happened, but the boy grew up. He grew up into a tall (very tall!), kind, respectful young man -- the kind of person I want my sons to grow to be. Of course, they're still young and think the word "poop" is hilarious. But I remember when Allen was that age... so there's hope for them.
Happy Birthday, Allen!