Joel, our 21-year-old “baby” (last born) began graduate school at Western this morning, and Stephen is leaving for graduate school at MSU tonight. Yikes! There’s something very traumatic about having your last born pack up his bags, dismantle his bed, and move out, lock, stock, and barrel! So, it was a pretty sadday for us when Stephen and I helped Joel move all his earthly possessions out of their bedroom and onto a U-Haul headed for parts south! You know the feeling…it’s not like parents don’t want their kids to grow up. We do! We were thrilled when Joel got into graduate school and had lots of fun over the summer helping him find “just the right” stuff for his apartment. Still, together is always happier than apart! Brian stopped by at the perfect moment with two fresh pies to cheer us up, fortify us for the trip down, and give us lots of energy for the bigjob of carrying everything up 3 flights of stairs to Joel’s lovely new apartment.Stephen and Joel have been pretty much inseparable companions, and Joel can’tremember ever living in any other house, so this is going to be a big adjustmentfor Joel too, although he’s a hard worker, a great cook, and has always been mature and steady, so I think he’s well prepared to face the challenges ahead.Saturday night we had a last supper together and celebrated Joel’s having completed the novel he’s been working on for the past 15 months, and SundayJoel left for real while I waved sadly goodbye until he was out of sight. I hope youappreciate every day you have with your kids, and I hope pray for them every dayof your life, because even when they’re grown and gone, they will never stop needing your love and your prayers.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6)