Jacob got his silver certificate last Thursday at the school assembly. They get merits for good behavior, good work, etc and after 10 they get a bronze, 30 a silver, 60 a gold. Jacob got his silver last week and it happened to coincide with three of his best friends also being honored – Javier Wong, Andrew Moy and Michael Becker. I love these pictures.

The third is of Jacob with his friend Michael Sunderland, who moved to San Francisco on Friday. It’s the beginning of a steady steam of departures which can be the difficult part of life in a place like this. It is very transient. Andrew and his family are leaving in a few months and it will have a huge impact on everyone in the family except me. The kids each lose one of their very best friends and Becky loses Kathy, her trusted deputy.

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