|Josh and Kaleb both were Summa Cum Laude, which was pretty impressive|
Ever since that day, way back in 2014, I have talked to my friend, Josh, daily. We didn't really do trading; we just talked daily about baseball and life. I did find the first deal I made with our mutual friend, Kaleb, and I believe it is the first mention of Josh on this blog. That post can be found here.
I learned really fast that Josh is a super nice guy, and always willing to chat. Since our initial conversation, I have actually befriended his dad, his brother Braden, and a few of his friends (including Kaleb).
When I did get the invitation, there was also a full-page letter from Josh thanking me for always being there for him and being a good friend. He had also given me an 8x10 of his senior picture, which he signed and inscribed "To Will, a great friend" well before the graduation invitations had been printed. I oftentimes have problems realizing what folks think of me, but Josh clued into that early on and has made it very clear how he feels about our friendship.
I admit, I was skeptical about driving all that way to his graduation. I have gotten flack from folks in the past about the "friends" I have made on Instagram, Facebook, etc. However, I met his dad when I had Skyped Braden a while back and saw that their dad is just as nice as they are. When I pulled into the driveway on Friday, I was greeted by their dad and also Braden. The first thing Josh's dad did when he saw me was give me a huge hug. I instantly felt like a member of the family. I talked to Josh's dad for quite a while, then finally met his mom. She was equally as nice, but I didn't get much of an opportunity to talk with her, since she had to work the rest of the time I was in town.
On the way to Cincy, we drove through Point Pleasant, West Virginia, home of the Mothman statue. I'm not going to go into too much detail, since I haven't seen the movie in years, but the legend of the Mothman, and the bridge which collapsed all took place in that town. I actually drove over the replacement bridge several times this weekend. I'm no fan of Richard Gere at all, but that is one of the two movies (the Jackal being the other) of his that I enjoyed. The Mothman is creepy as hell, I recommend you watch it.
|A great bunch of friends enjoying a ballgame. From left: Kaleb, Josh, Me, Braden|
I spent the majority of the time talking about Josh, but I was also there for Kaleb, who I talk to often, and is an amazing person in his own right. I'm very proud of the job he did, as well. I was happy to finally meet Jared (who I have the longest snapchat streak with out of the group, lol), Jimmy and Tanner, and see these guys graduate as well. I was happy to finally meet Kaleb's mom, even though we didn't get to talk for more than a few minutes; and also Kaleb's older brother, who is just as nice as he is.
So, I wanted to take the time to thank Josh, his dad Eric, his mom Susan, Braden, Kaleb, Jimmy, Tanner, and Jared for being to hospitable to me this weekend, and for wanting me to be present at this huge moment in your lives. I am glad that I could have a positive influence on you guys, and I hope we can maintain our friendships for a long time. I'm proud of you guys!
Apparently, I am invited back two years from now for Braden's graduation, if I didn't wear out my welcome this weekend. I hope I can get up that way (or get all of them down here) well before then.