|My oldest son, age 1.5. |
He left for college this week!
Why the delay? Well, we've been busy getting the school year going and getting my oldest son off to college. We moved him into his dorm this week. I did really well at holding it together and not being emotional until the car radio began to play "The Cat's in the Cradle." Uh-oh.
You know, it's trite what everyone says, but it's really true ─ they DO grow up so fast! It seems like only yesterday this boy was a newborn and we were getting used to life with more than one child. Here is a picture of him as a toddler, running as fast as his little legs would let him to keep up with his older sister and his cousins. He's always been a kid on the move, with things to do and people to see.
Now he is an adult, running away from us instead of towards us. He's an adult, starting the process of making his own way in life. [Say what?!?!?! He was a baby just a moment ago! Sob!]
Go, kiss your babies! Right now! Take time to spend it with them on the little things like playing games, making music, sitting around a campfire, having dinner as a family, reading books together, spending time in nature, and taking trips when you can. It's these small moments that you particularly remember and which really build the connections. Make precious memories and take lots of pictures! Enjoy every moment, for they will be grown up all too soon.
Well, he came from college just the other day, So much like a man I just had to say, "Son, I'm proud of you. Can you sit for a while?" He shook his head, and he said with a smile, "What I'd really like, dad, is to borrow the car keys. See you later. Can I have them please?"
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon, Little boy blue and the man in the moon. "When you coming home, son?" "I don't know when, but we'll get together then, dad. You know we'll have a good time then."