It's hard to believe --- in fact, I'm pretty much in denial --- but Only Daughter is leaving the nest in a mere couple of weeks. She's headed off into the big, wide world to finish her last two years of college. Eldest Son, of course, was the first to venture forth. But I had no idea of the horrible precedent he was setting.
Well, of course, that's not entirely true. Whenever you have more than the socially acceptable number of children, you are constantly aware of the whole issue of precedence being set. You agonize over it. After the first one leaves, you consider bolting the doors, to prevent the mass exodus.
She's promised she's coming back. Below is a picture from a few months back, when she graduated from our local community college.
Ah, it's hard to let go. So bittersweet...
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