Grandpa, Grandma and Grandson

May 10, 2014

Grandpa, Grandma and Grandson

Grandpa, Grandma and Grandson

It was a big night as Austin received his BA Degree with honors from Platt College.  He was one of only five students graduating with perfect 4.0 grade point averages.  He is the first in our family to graduate from College.  We are very proud of him.

Donna and I want to thank all the owl box fans that supported him by buying his Molly Videos and merchandise plus posting encouraging comments on the blog. I am not sure who is more proud, us or him, and by us I include all the Molly watchers. We all watched him grow up and mature from age 16 to 21. In a way, we feel his success is our success, just like rooting for a home team or a player, when they win, we feel good and last night we felt good!

But let’s not stop there. It is time to give him your best advice and wisdom going forward.  Let him know what you wish someone had shared with you when you were young and just stepping out into the world of self-reliance.  For example, share with him your favorite saying(s) or words of wisdom.

I will start it off with. Austin, I wish someone would have pointed out to me that it cost the same to dream big as it does to dream small but the results are usually vastly different.  Big dreams stir passion and passion is what drives us to overcome obstacles to success. Success is not an event; it is the journey through life. Today we may be judged successful, only to fail or miss step tomorrow or vice versa. Success is neither permanent nor guaranteed, but then neither is failure. If there was just one thing I could tell you, it would be; Spend less than you earn.

Carlos Royal

89 Responses to “Grandpa, Grandma and Grandson”

  1. debbie Says:

    absolutely brilliant photo!! :D thank you, again, for letting us share in this momentous event! it was way fun!

    let’s see… words of wisdom that come back to me frequently:
    “if ya can’t say somethin’ nice…don’t say nothin’ at all.”

    …thumper, from “bambi”

    *throws more confetti*

  2. perettipoems Says:

    Austin, a HUGE congratulations to YOU!!! My advice: follow your nose! Translation: do what draws you, do what seems right for you, do what peaks your interest; only then will you be fully gratified AND successful.

  3. Nancy Says:

    Congratulations Austin! This is an accomplishment you can take pride in. This is just the beginning of big things!

  4. Jo "dennens" Says:

    Please and Thank You are very important words. Always use them.

    The only dumb question is the one you don’t ask. You will only look stupid when you guess and are wrong.

    Always treat others with the same dignity and respect you want for yourself.

    Never lower yourself to the lowest behavior in an argument…

    And what Grampa said.. “Spend less than you earn.” That is a keeper!

    Congratulations Austin!!!!

  5. Go to work. You may not get your dream job right away, but you can’t sit back and wait for it. Every job will give you the experience to move up. Of course follow your Grandfathers advice and save your money.
    I watched last night and was so proud of you. Love the picture of the 3 of you.

  6. For me there is so much wisdom in the words first published by Max Ehrmann in 1927. They stand the test of time:


    Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
    As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
    Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
    If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
    for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

    Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
    Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
    Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
    But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
    and everywhere life is full of heroism.

    Be yourself.
    Especially, do not feign affection.
    Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

    Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
    Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

    You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
    and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
    With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

    © Max Ehrmann 1927

  7. Lee, Carlsbad Says:

    Oh my goodness Austin…YOU grew-up.
    What a magnificent shot of you all ~
    Bless you for always sharing …dear, proud, grandparents.

  8. June Schafer Says:

    Congratulations Austin!! It has been a joy to follow your journey from videoing owls to this marvelous achievement. As the saying goes…”This is the first day of the rest of your life”. Step out with confidence. Always be looking for ways to learn more as you follow your dream, I fully expect to read about your accomplishments as you move forward and I will get to say, “I knew him when……”. Love to you, Grandma, and Grandpa!!

  9. Austin, we are all so proud of you! You definitely have a good attitude and work ethic, two of the most important values to have, to succeed in life. My advice to you would come form an old quote that I learned many years ago, before teaching. “Life is a journey, not a destination”. You will have ups and downs through out your lifetime. Don’t let them define you as a person. Best of luck to you in your future endeavors!

  10. Congratulations, Austin! What Grandpa said: Spend less than you earn! The best lesson my Mom taught me is to not charge something on your credit card if you can’t pay it off at the end of the month.

    And what others have said: You may not get your dream job right away, but every job you do get is a baby step towards where you want to be. Learn from each one and move on when you are ready. You’ll get there!

    Congratulations, again. I’m so proud to have been a part of this!

  11. Barbara OBrien Says:

    Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

  12. Sherry Says:

    Congratulations, Austin! So proud of you…a 4.0?! Faaaaaantastic!
    Moved to tears reading this, Carlos & Donna. Remembering from where all this began. A little owl ended up in an owl box after a storm…

    What would I tell you? One of my favorite quotes by Goethe:
    “At the moment of commitment, the Universe conspires to assist you.” I’m guessing you’ve already learned that to be true.

    Proud to have been a part of your journey…and I’m only wishing you continued success, health and happiness.

    Hugs to you and your grandparents!

    flukestail (aka Sherry Boyle)

  13. Patricia Domingo Says:

    You always had it in you, or else you would have never made it so far so quickly. I say dream big and pace yourself, be good to your body so it can serve you for a long time, and FOR SURE spend less than you earn!! Hugs and congratulations~~ Patricia from Monterey, CA

  14. Michelle Cook Says:

    Fabulous job Austin. We knew way back when you were going to be very successful! I enjoyed all you did with Molly & McGee! Wishing you much success and happiness in your future endeavors.

  15. Ann Says:

    Congratulations Austin. Janie’s advice is solid…go to work right away preferably in a good company that offers a 401(k) plan with matching contributions. A good job will always feed you and pay the bills…follow your dream in your spare time to feed your soul. When your dream finally becomes your full-time job, you will have a nice nest egg to fall back on. All the best. You have a bright future ahead of you. Glad I was a small part of it.

  16. meg Says:

    Follow your passion and always trust your inner voice. Be kind to everyone as you never know what they’re going through.

  17. Jutta Hayes Says:

    “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy,
    the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.
    Concerning all acts of initiative (& creation),
    there is one elementary truth — the ignorance of which
    kills countless ideas & splendid plans:
    that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too. ALL sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.
    A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
    BEGIN IT NOW.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ~

  18. KathrynR Says:

    Congratulations Austin and proud grandparents! What a journey for us all. My advice to you is to be always be humble with your workmates, be eager to not only learn but to share with others what you have learned when they are struggling. Never act like a “know-it-all.” Always act positive and happy, even when things are down for you, as it rubs off on others and then right back at you! Best of luck with your future and I’m honored to have contributed to it in some way.

  19. Terry Says:

    Congratulations to you all! How awesome is that??? We knew you when…. Nob

  20. Penny Says:

    Oh the fun we had watching you grow into a fine young man!
    We too all enjoyed watching Molly and McGee and their brood grow and learn. Your success will continue if you never forget who you are and where you came from and always be yourself I wish you continued success and congratulations on a job well done! We believe in you!

  21. Cindy Johnson Says:

    Congratulations Austin! We all feel like we’ve watched you grow up!! I would say choose your friends with care – you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time around. So find people who have qualities you admire and spend time with them. Never stop learning – your degree and 4.0 are wonderful….don’t stop now….the world is so full of things to learn!

  22. Jeslyn (Jes63) Says:

    Stay focused, very organized and do not spread yourself to thinly onto various projects all at one time.
    Good luck for the future!

  23. Cathy Mueller Says:

    Congratulations and never forget to stop and watch the owls even though you may be so busy doing every other thing………..

  24. CAequuslvr Says:

    Wow, others have given such wonderful advice. I found this from Vince Lombardi:

    “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”

    Austin, none of us will ever regret our investment in you and your future. You have a wonderful life ahead. I did think of something — Pay it forward — I think that you would be a wonderful mentor for someone.

    Carlos & Donna, you are examples of how guidance and support can result in something special. Your constant love and commitment have helped a young man thrive and succeed. You deserve to be proud of Austin.

    Take care & Be well.

  25. Joan Says:

    Austin, you have grown into a very nice looking young man. Never forget where you came from, no matter how far you go in life. Good luck!

  26. TBYRD Says:

    Congratulations Austin. You and your grandparents provided a lot of people with joy, love and forever friendships through M&M and for this we are all grateful. The advise I offer to you is remember, this is not your practice life. We are given only one chance so take that chance and run with it.

  27. ClouPA Says:

    Great picture of you three!
    Austin, great job! The greatest of journeys always begin with one step, keep moving!
    So proud of you!
    As always, Thank You so much for sharing!

  28. Laurel Lemke Says:

    Dear Austin,

    Very proud of you, I am a proud holder of your first video.

    Be aware and alert of opportunities and follow your passion. Making connections through volunteerism can lead to great career and friendship opportunities. Toastmasters is an excellent vehicle to further hone leadership and communication skills while developing colleagues.

    Many people find themselves in different fields after they graduate because of life influences. In my case, my personal challenges lead to amazing opportunities to make a difference.

    You will be able to able the critical thinking you learned in college in so many ways.

    God bless, looking forward to hearing more about your new adventures.

  29. YTQ Says:

    Thanks for sharing with us! the picture of you three is just perfect.! I can’t tell who is the proudest, but it’s certainly a time for rejoicing. My advise:
    Austin, always take the high road in any circumstance, and stay humble. Take time to stop and smell the roses; no one ever said “I wish I had spent more time at work”. Congratulations on your achievements! As Molly watchers, we’re so very proud of you!

  30. calliopekid7 Says:

    Congrats Austin – a 4.00!!!!! How did you do that????? Great picture of the three of you., I watched your graduation last night. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  31. VacaDude Says:

    Way to go, Austin!!! Congratulations to you on this wonderful achievement. It’s funny how we all got to know you along with a few barn owls, and now it seems it is time for your fledging! Best wishes for continued success…
    VacaDude (John Atkinson)

  32. Louise Says:

    The power of the family! Congratulations to all!

  33. Helen Erickson Says:

    Carlos, Donna and Austin – I can’t believe we have watched him complete college already. Time sure flies. Good luck in your endeavors and never underestimate your abilities. Hope all is well with everyone! – Helen Erickson

    • John & Dorrie Long Says:

      Austin~do the best you can and don’t give up on your dreams! Congratulations! John & Dorrie Long

  34. jozie2005 Says:

    What a great Grampa, and Grandma you both are.  Austin  had good people to look up to, and follow. Good job. Austin Grab on to life, and look up to the good Father in heaven, and say show me the way.  Good luck in your new adventures Austin.

    Sent from my U.S. Cellular® Smartphone

  35. Diane Kirkland Says:

    Austin, the only advice I can offer is that it’s just as important to make a LIFE as it is to make a LIVING. Don’t get too wrapped up in work to miss all the other wonderful parts of your life.

    doorcountydi (Diane Kirkland)

  36. Jo-Ann Says:

    All I can say is Congratulations Austin… You did better then exceptionally well. We are all extremely proud of what you have achieved.. My only good advice is “Always listen and obey your Gramps and Grandma” :-)

  37. Sharon Palac Says:

    Congratulations Austin, so proud of you. You have accomplished much and we are so proud of you. Remember to always expand your learning, be a mentor when you have he time, and never take your success and those you love for granted. You have wonderful grandparents who have nurtured youand shared their wisdom so that you may share with the world!

  38. erindort Says:

    I was one of the Molly people that watched last night. Wish you could have seen the chat as you received your diploma! LOTS of “Yaaays”, and clappy hands, and “Go Austin”!

    Yes, indeed, we are so happy for you.
    As for wisdom — 1)read through Proverbs every 6 weeks, or so. 2) tell your family you love them, often.

  39. Janice Kaltenbach Says:

    We all miss you guys so much! You set the bar very high for broadcasting web cams. Austin was a big part of it all. I’ll never forget the live remote broadcasts of owl hunting. Fun!

    My advice for Austin: Don’t identify yourself in terms of your job. Think of yourself as a wonderful man who happens to work at that job.

    Lots of luck in your career and life! You made me so proud that I supported you. I feel like I made a good investment.

  40. Sally L Dausch (sldausch) Says:

    Austin, I watched last night as you got you diploma and one thing I can say of wisdom for you is start to save 10% of what you make and put away for your retirement and be bullheaded about it; as you start it won’t be much but with each check 10% should go into a savings acct.; when it reaches a bigger sum start to look around to invest read all the books by Ric Edelman, he is a fantastic financial advisor and has done well by me. I know you will go far, you are smart and grounded.
    God bless you <3

  41. OhioCheryle Says:

    What a wonderful photo, thank you for sharing it with all of us.
    Austin, the only things I can think of to tell you is : always follow your heart and don’t sweat the small things in life.

    You have done a wonderful job and made many people proud of you.

  42. Kim Gorman Says:

    Thank you for sharing this precious moment with us! We feel like your adopted aunts and uncles, and share your pride in accomplishment!

    Treat others as you would have them treat you. Awards won’t keep you warm at night…love will. Remember to treat everyone you meet as if they have challenges, as we all do. Appreciate the little things, a kitten’s fur, sunsets, wind in the trees, your grandparents’ voices, healthy legs to walk with, fresh food to eat. And always thank the Creator of all the above!

    Kim and Dave

  43. mlhecox (my owl name) real name, Monica Says:

    Austin!!! congratulations!!! I am so thrilled for you and your accomplishments. I will give you the advice my mom gave to me….which is the same your grandpa gave to you….spend less than you earn…and….keep a good credit history. A good FICA score will make your life easier. Follow your dreams and passions, and never forget where you came from. A wonderful family and loving grandparents. So glad I invested in your future. Proud of you!

  44. Diana Marriott-Ruiz Says:

    Austin, one thing….always be kind to everyone who crosses your path. That will serve you well in life in general and in all your relationships. Sending you hugs. Granamammy

  45. Anewday Says:

    Wise words? How about what age has taught me.
    Appreciate each day for it is a gift that you can never repeat.
    A saying:
    Yesterday is history, tomorrow is the future, today is the present, now open your gift.
    Every morning when you wake up, be grateful for what is to happen to you and look for the opportunity to affect another in a positive way. Congratulations again Austin. Enjoy these exciting days of your life.

    (I suspect you can figure out why I use the name I do!)

  46. Robbe mcG Says:

    Awesome Carlos! So miss our Molly and McGee. What a wonderful time we all had, watching those owls!!!!! Ty again, for all you did, to make that happen!

  47. Robbe mcG Says:

    Congratulations too Austin! Putting your time to good use!

  48. I agree with Carlos, spend less then you earn and you will always be rich. Have a strong work ethic and you will always be proud. Don’t take what people say negatively too personally (especially if you know you are right). Good luck but then you will make that on your own.

  49. Suzanne Says:

    Austin–Did anyone mention your granddad looks a lot like Warren Buffett in the graduation photo? That would be a great person to mimic. Nice guy, intelligent, funny, wealthy–but most of all, gracious and humble.

  50. BJ Says:

    Seek Wisdom,,,,man’s, but more importantly, God’s. listen to your grandparents…they love you.

  51. Austin, congratulations on your degree and graduation. The advise I give you is what a very wise man gave me when I was your age- Hitch your wagon to a star!

    Proud of you, kid!
    Roz in Tacoma

  52. Jan Halstead Says:

    So proud of you on so many levels, with 4.0 being one of them. Watching you graduate is rather like watching the first owlets fledge as we sat glued to our computers sitting on the edge of our seats. Remember your roots and seek wise advice. It is never wrong to do the right thing. Put God first, others second and yourself last, and things will fall into place. God bless you. Jan in Indiana

  53. Ginger (Owlbert/FinnWV) Says:

    Congratulations, Austin, Donna, & Carlos! Your picture says it all! I watched on my Iphone and was so proud to be a part of it – gee, that was fun!

    Always found many words of wisdom in Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People”. Here’s one:

    “The value of a smile…It costs nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None are so rich they can get along without it, and none so poor but are richer for its benefits. It creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in a business, and is the countersign of friends. It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and Nature’s best antidote for trouble. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is no earthly good to anybody till it is given away.”
    ― Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends & Influence People

    The best to you in all of your future endeavors!

  54. Gill (hundon1) Says:

    Where did that time go?! Many congratulations Austin, and all good wishes for a successful future. It has been a privilege to be part of this internationowl family. My granny always said ‘Do as you would be done by’

  55. Jane Says:

    Austin, you made not just your grandparents and family proud but all of us who watched you soar. Congratulations! I enjoyed being one of the chatters watching your ceremony and was delighted by the kindness, love and humor of the staff presenting the diplomas.

    So many have written about what I would have said but one thing that I found later in life that seems to be ever so important is that you might gain great confidence and soul by talking less of yourself and your needs and listening more to other’s as everyone has a story and everyone has a need to feel listened to and cared for. Listening will open your heart and mind. Judge not and care more.

    God Bless and Congratulations on Job Well Done!

    twoclubs jane

  56. Mary Says:

    Congratulations Austin on your wonderful achievement! Having a perfect GPA in college is no small feat, either! Carlos and Donna, you have a right to be very proud! Thank you for sharing this exciting milestone with your old M&M followers.

    As for advice for Austin, I’ll start with a quote from ESPN Basketball Analyst Jay Bilas in a speech he recently delivered to college grads:

    “In the future, you will really like the way you look now,” Bilas said. “Chances are, this is the smallest your butt will ever be. And, you will never have more hair than you have now. Memorialize it. You have a camera with you all the time. Take selfies.”

    Here is the important stuff from the speech that I wholeheartedly agree with:

    “Don’t fear failure in your career. Fear failure with your family. When it comes to your family, “I don’t have the time” is not an excuse. Make the time. You won’t regret it. If you don’t make the time, you will absolutely regret it.”

    “Don’t worry about how much money you make right now. Worry about what you want to do. It is easier to pursue what you really want to do now because you don’t have as many obligations. Life can get complicated in a hurry, and it is usually because you have bills to pay and mouths to feed, and you cannot take the job you want because it doesn’t pay what you need it to pay. Live within your means and save your money, but pursue what you love and what you want to do, and the money will follow. It almost always does.”

    “You don’t get to “have it all”. Nobody does. The most important thing is to find the balance that is right for you. Some call it “Work-Life Balance”. But, work is a big part of your life. I prefer “Work-Family Balance.” Find the right balance for you. Understand that you won’t have it all, but if you put your family first, you will have all you need.”

    “Don’t delay gratitude. Make sure and say “thank you” to all of the people that helped put you in this position. And, make sure and ask those people for money. Do it now, while they are weak and defenseless.”

  57. Corky Says:

    Don’t make decisions based on fear. For example, don’t decide to stay in graduate school because you’re afraid of not finding a job. Or don’t forgo grad school because of fear it will be too hard. Choose what your heart wants.

  58. Torri Cable Says:

    You all look wonderful. I miss my owl family ~ you brought me much happiness when I needed it most. And Austin, no one is in charge of your happiness, but you. Oh, remember to be kind. Have a wonderful life! :)

  59. Napaelle Says:

    Thank you for including the MODs to celebrate the graduation of Austin. I do feel like I participated in a small way and glad to join in. We here are all bound in many ways and happy to say pride is one of the ways……..I’m not sure these are words of wisdom rather than words from my heart; take a job to get you to the next plateau and keep learning from each situation but don’t stay in a job if you are not happy no matter how much money you might be making. The heart wants what it wants and denying it could be a mistake. Family first (especially your Grandparents). Best of luck!

  60. Susan Says:

    Congratulations, Austin! Woohoo! Advice I wish I had learned earlier is to explore options, and create options when none of the identified choices feel right to you. Favorite quotes: “Discipline is Remembering What You Want.” (David Campbell). “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water, after enlightenment chop wood, carry water.” — Zen Proverb. The world is your oyster! Up, up and away! (Susan Phelan, Huntsville, Alabama).

  61. Nancy (Ultra_and_Violet) Says:

    “Save half, spend half.”

  62. Roger Says:

    Congrats Austin! What an incredibly amazing young man you are! With such wise grandparents, you probably don’t need any extra advice, but just in case, these have always helped me:

    GRATITUDE ALWAYS. It will change your life inside and out in ways you cannot possibly imagine. A regular professional practice of writing a brief note (or e-mail) to let someone know what a difference they have made in your life helps create miracles. It will also make you a happier person by realizing all the positive in your life in spite of the challenges.

    The most valuable thing you have is your INTEGRITY. Be true to yourself and never compromise it.

    No experience in life is ever wasted.

    There is no failure, only Feedback.

    Deferred gratification brings sweeter, more enduring rewards.

    Live in the moment, enjoy the journey (dance in the rain as they say) because no matter what the current challenge- this too will pass.

    People may not remember what you Did or what you Said, but they will Always remember how you made them FEEL.-Maya Angelou

    If you want to find success, go the extra mile. It’s true what they say: that road is never crowded.

    All the best to you in your future! I wish you happiness, success, and plenty of adventures to come.

  63. Says:

    ENJOY THE JOURNEY as we have with you! It was a great pleasure watching the Royal family create wonderful pictures and thoughts for us. It’s almost as if I’m a relative bursting with pride. My children tease me about my “Molly” momentos (that they purchased for me! ). Molly’s journey extended far beyond what was expected. One never knows what’s around the next corner and it can possibly the most wonderful blessings of your life!

  64. barb stegun Says:

    Congratulations! Don’t be in a hurry. Go somewhere you haven’t been. Europe is a great choice You’ll work for 40 years.Meet new people and experience new things. Money is great but memories are even better. Love what you do and everything else will fall into place.Be flexible and embrace change and feed your curiosity.

    • Good advice, Barb. When my grandson graduated with his engineering degree, he went to Europe with his guitar and a back pack. He rode trains and stayed in hostels. He took over 400 pictures. He has memories to last a lifetime.


  65. Sue Says:

    Congratulations! “A word grows to a thought–a thought to an idea–an idea to an act. The change is slow and the Present is but a sluggish traveler in the path Tomorrow wants to take. (From Beryl Markham’s book ‘West With the Night’.) Speak many words, form lots of thoughts and live your ideas. Always embrace change, never fear it and follow your dreams no matter how far or where they take you.

  66. Judy Sackson Says:

    What a wonderful picture! I can’t believe that Austin is graduating already! And a 4.0. Wow!
    Life is a learning experience…always find something to learn from everything you encounter. And always treat people the way you would want them to treat you.
    It’s such an interesting phenomenon that we all feel like part of
    this owl family. I still love to watch my videos that Austin made.
    He will do well in life!

  67. Angela Says:

    Yes, you have to spend money to make money, but do save as much as you can, and then get trustworthy people to show you what to put it into. Currently, I would say real estate and gold. It could always change in the future, though. Much success! Love from, birdlovers4ever.

  68. janet from maryland Says:

    it’s wonderful to be a part of austin’s life thanks to carlos and donna. i enjoyed watching the graduation ceremony and offer my congratulations along with the other mods who think of austin as one of us. advice boils down to the golden rule – treat others as you wish to be treated. it’s all right there in those simple words. wishing you much success as you move on into the adult world with all of its challenges and rewards.

  69. Christine Says:

    Congratulations to Austin. Having a 4.0 average is quite an accomplishment.

  70. Donna79 from Lincoln, CA (was an avid Owl Box watcher) Says:

    I heard about the fire in San Marcos. I hope all is ok with Carlos & Donna and that they are safe and well! And congrats Austin!
    I really miss Molly & McGee and ALL the great fans!

  71. Theresa Says:

    I still have my Molly & McGee Christmas ornament hanging next to my kitchen window! Austin, remember the wise words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Sometimes money costs too much.”

    Best wishes,

  72. joly2u Says:

    To thine own self be true. Try to live fully though balanced, opportunities missed are just as unrepeatable as those taken. Get enough sleep, eat organic & humane, your brain is too good for drugs, and experts or people in uniforms should not be trusted above your own common sense. Never stop exercising. Give back to God, nature, & kind people.

  73. Sandy (you know the rest LOL) Says:

    Congratulations Austin Woo Woo We all knew you would make it. I have a certain shirt you sent me signed by some mods who did NOT make it to any of the picnics. We would like to give it to you as a congratulations and a thank you. Keep in touch – I need a snail mail for you.


  74. Karla Judy Says:

    Hi Austin
    I miss the owls so much. I keep stopping by to see if anything is happening at the OWL Box. Your whole story, family and owls warmed the hearts of so many people no matter where they lived. What a delightful contribution you provided for us.
    And most of all to see the love you had for each other and your project.
    Austin – Congratulations your are amazing!!!
    These events are truly what makes our hearts grow.

  75. Alafair Says:

    Wow, congratulations Austin

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    • perettipoems Says:

      Congrats Austin!!! And, to think we Molly watchers were the first to benefit from your brains and talent! I say, “follow your nose”, which means when you get an itch, scratch it, which means follow your instincts and desires. These ARE your dreams and will lead you to unimagined places where you will be successful! Three cheers!

    • Sherry Boyle Says:

      Congratulations, Austin!

      1) Follow your dreams…and once you get there, if you want to try something else, do it. Just keep learning and evolving.

      2) Nothing is as moving as an act of kindness.

      3) Everything you do in life, do it with passion.

      Wishing you all the best!


  77. Jo Says:

    The two most important words you can use are Please and Thank You.

    The only dumb question is the one you don’t ask.

    If someone shows you who they are, believe them….

    Austin, Congratulations, we all had faith in you! Fly high!

    Jo (Dennens)

  78. nice article.thanks for share this.i like your blog commenting this site.

    • perettipoems Says:

      Hello, why are you sending info about Austin’s graduation? Isn’t this quite dated???

      • carlosroyal Says:

        Sorry, you are correct that comment was from years ago. It was a comment that had never been process and just showed up. Hopefully, it doesn’t happen again, but no guarantees.

  79. It’s nearly impossible to find educated people on this topic, but you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

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