Daily Post, 14 June 2014
Matt is doing exceptionally well in high school. As graduation day approaches, I download the proper forms for applying to West Point and the Air Force Academy, and encourage him to fill them out in a timely manner.
“Okay, Grandpa,” he relies, smiling, but they remain on the refrigerator door where I hung them weeks earlier, while continues riding night patrol with the local police officers.
A mere week or two after graduation he applies for the position of night retention officer at the local city jail, and he is hired. A short time later he enrolled at the University of Texas majoring in business, going to college daytime, while working the jail at night. The city is paying his tuition.
After earning his degree, Matt attends the Police Academy at Dallas and then goes on the street as a police officer. At the beginning of 2014 he is selected to join the K-9 Unit and a dog costing the city $9,000 is assigned to him, as well as a special vehicle.
At age 26 he is married and has purchased his first house.
Yes, I have many reasons to take pride in my grandson.