However, Taylor is a Marine not because he wears a shirt that says he is. He is a Marine because of the person he is, the fine man he has grown into. Last week, he told me that the house is only as strong as its foundation; the front door doesn't matter. That's pretty deep for an 18 year old. What he meant was that life isn't about what people can see. What truly matters is what something or someone is founded on, what they stand for, what they are made out of. I tend to worry about appearances. I want the titles. I need the affirmation that I am doing a good job. None of that matters.
We have spent this Easter surrounded by amazing people who have helped lay the foundation of who Taylor is - my parents, my siblings, my family... These people along with his coaches, teachers, friends, and other family members are responsible for Taylor being willing to lay down his life for ours.