My oldest daughter left for college today. She's flying back East to go to school at the University of Massachusetts. That's half-way across the country from us here in San Antonio.
We're so very proud of all she's accomplished and the young woman she has become.
For me, parenting culminates in the moment when you know your kid doesn't need you any more. She's not quite there yet - she's still in our gravitational orbit, but today marks a major departure - we have lift off, as the good folks as NASA say. She is on her way.
Now, here are my directions to my daughter: take the second star to the right, and head straight on until morning. Just because childhood is ending doesn't mean you have to ever grow up.