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January 13, 2013


santa maria

absolutely beautiful. what we all hope to achieve as parents, even if it quietly breaks our hearts.

thank you Paul (and John).

Gail, in northern California

Thank you for posting this beautifully-written guest post from Paul Kidwell. I'm going to print it and save it for my son and daughter-in-law. Our granddaughters are fast-approaching college age.

All their lives we teach our children to be fiercely independent, and then when they are, we're bewildered ("Don't you need me anymore? ;-)


Thank you for sharing this thoughtful and stirring post. My son is about to turn 14 and I am already feeling the pang of his growth and movement towards independence. I was the mom who was choked up dropping him off for his first day of middle school so I can only imagine the tugs at the heart as you send your son off for six months. Your words reminded me to treasure the moments I have now and to prepare my heart for what is to come.

Many thanks for your insight.

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