I dropped Kate off at track practice tonight and spoke with a dad who's daughter will graduate this year. He'll be an empty nester in less than a year from now. She was helping the freshman tye die their team shirts. He beamed with pride watching his daughter shine as captain of the cross country team. I love seeing the simple joy or look of adoration in someone's eyes. Sometimes I have to take a snapshot in my mind when I see a picture like this. It's the very essence of love. I haven't written in a while because I have been busy soaking it all in, sometimes taking a mental photo and sometimes capturing the real thing. As summer wanes, remember to soak it all in and enjoy every second of it. Love your family, cherish your friends and don't ever take them for granted. Treat every day as if it is your best because when it comes down to it, each one really is.