I’ve watched him grow from a young boy with his pet turtle to the young man digging with a landscape crew, his summer job before heading off to college in just a couple weeks. 

Jared lives across the street from me here in Houston and our families have weathered a lot of storms…figuratively and literally.  So it was a delightful surprise to find him in my hometown of Hallettsville this weekend….checking out our first Lone Star Bluegrass Festival. 

Jared, Kenneth & Curt (above). Photo & video by Shara Fryer

It was back-to-back bluegrass musicians on stage …. I’ve given you a sample.  Jared and his buddy Curt posed for me with festival impresario Kenneth Henneke….who famously says on almost every occasion, “let the good times roll”. They did, on stage and off, and Jared will too as he heads off for his next life adventure…the University of Virginia, engineering and ROTC.  Can you tell?  I really admire that kid!  Good luck, Jared.