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The Mister, Jake, Josh, real mom Cindy, girlfriend Claire, and real dad Charles surround Chase after he graduated from Rice University last Saturday.

The Mister, Jake, Josh, real mom Cindy, girlfriend Claire, and real dad Charles surround our “third son,” Chase, after he graduated from Rice University last Saturday.


The bros: Jake, Chase, and Josh

The leaning bros: Jake, Chase, and Josh

One Bird Temporarily Leaves the Nest

Chase and my older son in their usual videogame-playing positions.

Chase and my older son in their usual videogame-playing positions in our game room.

This will be a bittersweet summer for our family. Chase, my “third son,” just moved to the Boston area until mid-August for his computer internship with TripAdvisor.

The boys played Super Smash Brothers Brawl.

The boys played Super Smash Brothers Brawl.

Of course, we’re thrilled that Chase earned such a wonderful opportunity. We know how important the experience will be to his career once he graduates from Rice University.

But, oh, how we will miss seeing him most evenings, as he pals around with my sons. The three of them are like brothers.

We miss those sparkling green eyes already!

We miss that mischievous smile already!

Our family will be incomplete for awhile. Keep in touch, Chase!

The College Farewells Begin

Chase talks to my #1 son as they watch a “Pokémon” episode.

Some things never change.

Like my “third son,” Chase, sitting in our family room, watching an episode of “Pokémon” on our TV. After all, he’s been coming over multiple times per week for the past 12 years.

My #1 son works the remote with some ice cream ready to be eaten nearby.

Like my #1 son making sure to DVR the “Pokémon” episodes and then waiting until Chase comes over so they can watch them—and make rude comments about them—together. I’ll sit and watch, too, just to hear what these two have to say. The show is so much funnier with their commentary.

Team Rocket—lovable, inept villains

Like Team Rocket, who always are the most-inept villains. Will they ever steal a Pokémon?

But some things have started to change. While Team Rocket continues to stir up mischief, the kids in our neighborhood are saying their final farewells and going off to college. Chase left for Rice University in Houston proper last Sunday. So last Saturday we wished him well by sticking with that good, old status quo. Watch that “Pokémon” episode. Laugh at some YouTube videos.

My three sons play a video game together.

And, finally, play video games. Oh, the number of hours my three sons have spent brawling with Mario and friends, skateboarding with Tony Hawk, and hitting home runs with Ken Griffey Jr.! When they close the door to our little game room, they enter a world that has just the right mix of fantasy and friendship.

I leave the boys alone (except to snap a photo or two) in the game room, but it always makes me smile when I hear them laughing. How quiet it’s going to be now that Chase is gone and my #1 son will be off to San Antonio this weekend.

My somber #2 son

And how lonely is it going to be for the one son who is left behind. True, he won’t have to share the game systems any more. But he also won’t get to enjoy the video game experience with his brothers. He might not like being an only child.

My #2 son loves ruining my photos!

Especially since he’ll still have me bugging him about taking photos. I’ll bet my #2 son will be looking forward to saying his own college farewells before long!

This Is What I’ll Miss

The #1 son videos Cody and Chase.

I really don’t like to think about the upcoming school year. You know, the one where my #1 son won’t be living at home anymore and will be starting his college journey. Ignorance, after all, is bliss.

What could #1 be thinking about? How he rarely wears hats?

There’s so much I’ll miss when he’s at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His serious face featuring his stunningly beautiful blue eyes.

Is #1 happy he’s wearing a cap?

His wonderful smile and sense of humor.

Chase laughs.

And I’m going to miss Chase, my “third son,” too, when he’s at Rice University. He and #1 will be apart for the first time since kindergarten. Our dining room won’t be the same without him working on iMovie or GarageBand on the boys’ iMac.

Chase is about to catch a disc.

I’ll especially miss grabbing my Nikon and strolling down the block to take photos of #1 and Chase as they film their videos, as I did here the other day. They seem to have so much fun when it takes them 50 or so takes to get their lines right. I think they enjoy their bloopers as much as saying their lines correctly!

The #2 son seems ready to catch the disc (not that he does!).

If my #2 son is involved in the videoing, it’s a sure bet that he’ll have a disc or two ready to throw.

Chase throws the disc back to his little "brother."

It helps keep the mood light and lively . . . especially when #2 throws the disc at the actors during filming! That’s when he gets yelled at. He must cherish those moments, since he gets in trouble with his brothers so often!

Yes, there aren’t too many days left for me to enjoy documenting the carefree banter amid the somewhat serious nature of #1 and Chase as they video. Soon all I’ll have are the photos and their videos. And I know I’ll probably cry looking at them while my two young men are off at college.

Know what?

#2 smiles as he prepares to toss an acorn at his brothers.

The #2 son probably will miss his brothers as much as I will!