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<p>Thursday I fly to McGill with one boy, the other is driving west with his mom for a 2 week pre-University course and I will join them to move him in to residence at the end of the month.  I have an empty house to myself for 2 weeks and then we drive back home to make our new life together the missus and I.</p>
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<p>It all went by too fast, too very very fast.  I am going to miss them.  I love the men they have become and are becoming.  But much as I want them close I want them to succeed - I want them to leave.  But I don't.  Maybe some of you understand that.</p>
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<p>Crap it's weird being a parent.  Transitions like this sneak up on you.  One day they're attempting to make their escape by climbing over the kid fence as a toddler, the next they're making good on their attempt by leaving home for good.</p>
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<p>I'm all excited for them and worried and mixed up inside.</p>
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<p>There was a song that the HS Jazz choir sang at graduation, a song from Wicked that had me choked up.</p>
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Who can say if I've been changed for the better</p>
<p>I do believe I've been changed for the better</p>
<p>And because I knew you</p>
<p>I have been changed for good.</p>
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<p><strong>"Omnia mutantur nos et mutamur in illis."</strong></p>
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<p>I understand it.  It's hard, isn't it?</p>
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<p>Call them often, email, fb, whatever.  Like so many other things, time will make it better.  And while that's happening, you'll be figuring out phase III of your life - alone again with Mrs. Grizzly.  It can be a really great time too.</p>
 

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<p>I hear you...  Son1 is a senior this year, taking all college classes.  Son2 is a jr.  Sons 3&4 are still in middle school.  I can't imagine going from all the chaos the boys bring to being an empty nester.  Guess it's good I'll lose one of 'em at a time.</p>
 

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<p>You've done a fantastic job, Steve.</p>
 

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<p>   I can't imagine the  off to college /into the real world part ..  I have 3 more years.. DD is off to High school  joining her brother in the  city  20 miles away from our town. THAT is far enought to fly for now! </p>
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<p>    Some how I know you will make your :"new" life something special !</p>
 

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<p>I also have 3 years until the day comes that DS heads off to college.  It's exciting, yet scary at the same time.  It seems like it's all gone by in an instant!</p>
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<p>I have read many of your writings and know how proud you are as a parent.  That is indeed a sweet reward.  You've done good, and no matter how far from you they might be, you will always have their love.   And have a great time starting another chapter with the Missus!  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif" title=""></p>
 

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<p>Been there and done it and shed some tears for both.  Both mine became Marines, saw combat overseas and went from wide-eyed kids to tough, independent, responsible men in a very short time.  I am happy to report the changes that came upon them were probably 99% for the good.</p>
 

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<p>congrats on raising such fine young men, grizzz ... I'm going thru a bit of this right now ... daughter is ready for 2nd year of college classes and son is starting in Sept ... but so far, both are still home .. daughter is chomping at the bit to leave and live in her own place *sigh*</p>
 

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<p>I left and lived on my own and I went to college in town!  Wasn't quite the same.</p>
 

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<p>Dealing with the same thing.  DD#1 leaves for college in 2 weeks.  Thankfully, she'll only be 45 minutes away.</p>
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<p>I'm kind of a sentimental, sensitive type of guy, it's going to be a little tough on me.</p>
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<p>I recall when *I* went off to college (some 30 years ago), a week later my mother told me that one of my sisters cried.  And that made ME feel bad.</p>
 

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<p>Yeah, well I'm not sentimental or sensitive in the least.  Okay, I'm a sop.  Especially when I'm tired.  It's going to be a big enough change for them to adapt to without having to worry about their dad.  I'm going to keep it all in and go to pieces when I'm back home.</p>
 
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