This weekend we moved our son into his college dorm and thus begins a new chapter in our lives. It's a time of immense pride for Colleen and I, but also somewhat bittersweet. For 18+ years we did our best to help him grow into a man, and now he begins a new time of growth and independence.
For me, it's scary and exciting at the same time. I am proud of the man he's become and am confident he will do well in college, and will go on to make great contributions to our word. I also know there are trials that lie in front of him, and I pray he will continue to show the steadfastness and determination he has exhibited thus far in his life.
As I think about the future days in this house, it'll be quieter, and our schedules less full, and I'll miss being able to ask about his day, or hear stories of his adventures. I already am keeping a list of things I want to say or ask the next time we talk.
But, rather than feel sad or worried, I feel excited for the future — his future. He had an amazing high school experience, marked with academic achievement and unselfish service to others. I am confident he will continue to excel and contribute to the world around him. It's that knowledge that will sustain us through the days and weeks ahead.
Congratulations son, go get 'em!