Recently I traveled to Annapolis, MD to be with my family when my cousin Michael was inducted into the Naval Academy, one of only 1100 students to be admitted for the Class of 2019. It’s a huge accomplishment and we are all so proud of him. I Day, as it’s called, was great – there were lots of activities in place for visiting families and there was time after the public induction for family time. We used some of that for a few family photos and a private swearing in conducted by our grandfather, retired Navy himself. For those who don’t know, the first six weeks after induction in July are referred to as “Plebe Summer”. It is nonstop activity from dawn to dusk, it’s meant to be extremely challenging, to prepare for what to expect the next four years. Luckily, Michael has a talent for rolling with whatever that will serve him well, a challenge is just something to meet, hard is just a word. I’m sure his dry wit will also be an asset. Upon being dropped off for processing by his dad he walked toward the building, pausing only long enough to call back over his shoulder, “Thanks for all the parenting.” Classic Michael and proof that he’s going to do just fine. I think we’re lucky to have someone like him on our side. Congratulations to him and both his parents, it was truly a proud day for everyone.