Being wedged in age between my 2 kids, Collier and my 2 spent a great deal of time together at our house...at their house.. and often at Mamaw and Papaw's house. In many ways I feel like Coll is one of mine. I have no doubt he has no concept of house much I love him. He has one of the best smiles that stretches all the way to his beautiful blue eyes. There is a mischief behind those eyes and a wit that is very similar to his dad. Like my kids, no matter how grown he is I still picture Collier as a little boy with a blond bowl haircut running around laughing as he played.
Today that sweet child of my heart graduated from Basic Training and is now a Private in the United States Marine Corps. I am proud for him and of him! I know this was more rigorous than I can begin to imagine, but I also knew he had what it takes to persevere... and persevere he did!
Funny thing... when I look at this picture of Collier.. the man... the Marine... I still see glimpses of my Collie-Bug behind those serious eyes.
I love you, Coll....