Permit me to brag a bit. I have 15 grandkids, each and everyone of them is special to me. I could brag about the accomplishments or talents of each one of them, but today I am bragging about Caleb. Caleb is a fifteen year old, handsome, athletic, intelligent red head; I've loved him dearly since the day I first held him in the delivery room. He, and his brother Jacob, have spent more time with me than any of the other grandkids, so I feel I know them well.
Caleb has joined the Sea Cadets and has just returned from boot camp. He said it was the hardest thing he has ever done, but he made it. He endured the 5 am wake up calls, just like the real Navy boot camp. He endured the squad leaders screaming in his face, just like the real Navy boot camp. He marched to meals, suffered swollen and aching legs and feet from hours on his feet, and lived through sleep deprivation. He graduated after the more than week long trial boot camp, and on top of that......drum roll please.....came in first in the mile run portion of the physical test! Yup! 350 young men and women, and Caleb took first place in the mile run!
We took Caleb and his cousin, Adam, to Alaska with us two years ago, in the summer of 2006. We spent almost three months in an RV, kind of close quarters for then 11 and 13 year old boys with their grandparents. Caleb had some issues that summer. He was an angry and explosive young man, demanding attention and dishing out words and actions not becoming a grandkid of mine! But what a maturing process has occurred in the past two years! And what a delightful young man he has become.
I saw the proof these last few days. Caleb has been staying with us the past three days, and I have been so impressed with him. I have hauled him along with me, down to the nursing home to visit my mom, his grandma, two and three times a day. And he has not complained one bit. He has been polite, caring, respectful, and loving, never once arguing or being grumpy about going to see Nana again. He has acted like a mature, grown up young man, and I have so appreciated him. And Caleb, I love you dearly!