It’s a new era for my 12 year old and his friends. It’s a time to navigate the tempest waters that swirl around their budding teenage years. There’s no such thing as perfect at this age. They have insecurities, voice cracks and zits. They have mounting homework, a social maze to contend with and gangly arms that know little control or direction. They know their childhood is waning. This image conjures memories of the film, Stand By Me, a coming of age story about 4 boys who contemplate life’s adventures all while trying to answer questions such as whether Goofy is a cow or just a dog? For the above boys, change will no doubt soon occur for each one of them. It will come fast and furious, leading them into uncharted territory. But as it all happens, the bridge from childhood to manhood will be tethered by their friendship, the only thing that has remained consistent over the years. I wish them many great adventures…and by the way, Goofy has got to be a cow…right?