I've been thinking back to when I was 20 years old -- which was in 1985. Back then, I was in my second year of college -- working toward three B.A. degrees. I had an on-campus work study job during the school year in Montana and a summer position with a local nursery in Alaska selling plants. I was training for my first attempt to run across the United States and was sponsored by Gatorade, Timex, New Balance, and other companies. I was single, running about 100 miles per week, and driving a 1971 VW Bug when I wasn't getting around in my running shoes. I was attending church weekly, watching some movies (like Back To The Future and Rocky IV), and listening to an array of musical artists on my Walkman, such as Duran Duran, A-ha, Phil Collins, Huey Lewis & The News, and Bruce Springsteen. My life was busy from sunup to sundown.
I really enjoyed my teenage years, and I hope my youngest son looks back with more good memories than bad of his teenage experience. Currently, he's attending the same university I graduated from and when he's not in classes he is working a job. He has a lovely girlfriend and is looking at the options for his future.
The teen years go by so fast. I think they go by faster when you're watching your children go through them than when you go through them yourself. Happy 20th birthday, Brian. I love you.
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