Today I just image Dan watching his niece as she finishes her very last class in law school. He would have some smart remark for her that would let her know how proud he was of her. He, of course wouldn't tell her directly. That would be much to direct for him.
He would regale her with the story of her beating him at the card game of Concentration. She was 5.
He might tell her other stories as well. You see, Dan was the relative that entered her life and let her know that she wasn't alone. He was the one that reminded her of how bright she was and that she could do anything she wanted to do.
He was the one that said it was ok to be different.
He was the one that said it was ok to be strong.
He was the one that said it was ok to speak your mind.
He was the one that took her on her first motorcycle ride.
He expanded her mind with his knowledge of politics and history.
He enriched her life. He helped her grow.
And now she has completed law school.
He would be bustin' his buttons!