By the time I write for you again in a month, I will have watched my oldest son play his last high school baseball game, straightened his tie for his last prom and watched him walk across a stage to receive his high school diploma. Everyone promised it would go by fast. They wisely said that “the days are long but the years are short.” And so it is that the little boy who made me a mom, the one whose big brown eyes used to light up like a Christmas tree at the sight of mommy at pre-school pick-up, is only months away from leaving home.

So many of you have already been through this experience many times. Some are days away from seeing your youngest child graduate, gearing up for the “empty nest” life. Others feel like you just dropped your sons and daughters off at college and now, in what seems like the blink of an eye, they’ve played their last collegiate game, competed in their last race, taken their last bow from the stage and received their college diploma. Those of you who are grandparents can’t believe that those grandbabies you just held in your loving arms have grown up so fast. I know my own parents and my husband’s parents feel a sense of disbelief that their first grandchild who was just riding in a stroller and toddling around with fistfuls of action figures, is headed off to college. It’s all good stuff – and yet it feels like a loss too.

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