a cap, a gown

Today she saw her Tio Mark graduate.

Too often I fall into the big-sister habit of thinking of Mark as he relates to me: Younger. Newer. Someone to look out for.

His senior thesis is on the kitchen table. It’s called, “Paleoclimatic and Paleoenvironmental Interpretations of the Paleocene Goler Formation of Southern California.”

Here’s from the abstract: “Within well-developed gleyed vertisols, ineffective leaching is shown by the enrichment of Mg and Na as well as the retention of Ca within the profiles relative to the C horizon.”

He is still someone to look out for. But I mean it differently than I used to.

We are proud of him.

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