I always knew this day would come; but I never knew how much I would long for more time.
For the last 18 years, we have protected, guided and raised James. But in the next few days, the time will come to let him move onto the next part of his life: College. James will be attending Saint Anselm College. It is a great school and one that we (his parents) think is a wonderful fit for him. But it is also far away: New Hampshire. And while it is in the same time zone, it is a 17 hour drive from home! So I guess it goes without saying that he won’t be coming home to do his laundry.
I know that we are not the first parents to have their kid move far from home, but it is still hard. Much harder then I thought it would be.
As I thought about these last 18 years, I realized that it has been the little things that made him into the young man he is today. Yes, those big life lessons are important, but it is how we do things day in and day out as parents that shape and mold our children. I did not realize it growing up, but as I become an adult, I found that so many of my mannerisms and my tonal inflections in my speech patterns were so similar to my own father. As James has grown up, I see a lot of me in him. And that makes me smile and proud to be be called his father.…