If you've never been near the West Point Military Academy, I feel bad for you.
Back when I was on my high school's science team we used to have competitions on their campus and let me say I have never seen a more beautiful place. Normally the campus is completely closed off to civilians (it's a functioning military base) so once I graduated I said a teary goodbye to one of my favourite places in the country.
Two weeks ago I was incredibly privileged to go back for an Army football game. My cousin recently married a West Point grad, and since I wasn't able to make the wedding I jumped at the chance to meet my new cousin and their daughter, as well as go back to West Point.
It. was. a. blast!
First off I went straight to the statue of Eisenhower to recreate some pictures:
|Doug and me in high school|
|My little cousin Emma and me|
My new cousin gave me a tour of campus and I even got to see some obstacle courses (sorry no pictures!) We hung around all day for parades
a football game
and some quality cousin bonding time
|Edward and Megan are selfie pros|
|New cider buddy!|
|This little girl loves her selfies|
This really meant a lot to me because I'm 16 years older than Emma, and Megan is 16 years older than I am. Growing up with an older cousin was awesome! She would take me to movies, buy me candy and make grown up jokes in front of me. Whenever I hung out with Megan and her sisters, I felt like the coolest person in the world. I can't wait to take Emma out, buy her dinner and candy, tell her dirty jokes and make fun of our parents like I used to with Megan. If I can be even a fraction as cool to Emma as Megan was to me I would be so, so happy. This little girl really touched my heart in a way only your family can.