Boxes are being packed and clothes are sorted into the yes, no, maybe piles. Last minute details are being thought of and added to a list that is becoming shorter and shorter as the days tick by. This is it. We are about to be empty nesters.
Of course there were days in the past 20 years, when babies screamed or frustrations mounted or exhaustion set in, that we looked to this day as a day of freedom. We will have done it! Raised two kids to adulthood!
Who knew those 20 years would feel like they went by in a second? Yet, here we are, about to send our baby off to college. We will come home to a quieter, emptier house. I feel a little bit nervous, not just for our daughter off doing new college things, but for us, learning how to do this as two people, not just 'mom' and 'dad'.
We stand on the edge of new possibilities and know with one step, we will start writing the next chapter. I don't want us to be timid with our steps. This is going to be a grand adventure, with travel and fun and all around good times with lots of hand holding and secret language smiles. Be brave! Be bold! Be us!
So, buck up little cowboys, it's time to leap.