Terri has an excellent post to her kids about taking the next step. Given her exceptional writing skills and ability there is no way I could ever hope to match her soliloquy on leaving the nest. I agree with her comments/thoughts 110%, even though we are on the other side of the fence. 5 years ago, we drove our only son up to college and helped him set up his room/college life. It doesn't really seem that long ago. He has changed over the last 5 years. Grown up. Found his own personality. Got an education. Earned a degree. Discovered the love of his life. When he pulled out on Wednesday, it struck me that he was not leaving for school anymore. He was heading out to start his new career/life. This has been long in coming and we are ecstatic that he is doing what he wants to do, but there is some kind poignant moment here. To paraphrase Terri, he opened the door and stepped through it. Oh sure, he may be back on the weekends and he will always have a warm bed and cold beer here, but in my mind, he has now embarked on his next big adventure. Something we have been preparing for for a long, long time, but we are still not ready to accept it.
Just to drive home the point tonight, when I got home to a pair of needy dogs, I found this on my doorstep...
|I guess this makes it official|