When my daughter was born, I was the happiest man in the world. I looked forward to raising her to become an independent, intelligent, and confident young woman. She exceeded all my expectations and made my wife and I awfully proud.
Early this morning, she got in her fully packed car and headed across country to the University of Washington to become a PhD candidate. How's that for independent, intelligent, and confident?
As we hugged good bye, her mother was brought to tears. I acted tougher, but the truth be known, I cried my eyes out later when my wife wasn't around. I already miss her, but I realize that birds have to eventually fly from the nest. I only wish the last 23 years had gone a bit slower. If I knew all my children would turn out like her, I would have had ten more.