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    I'm slower than my bride, but normal after all...

    We said goodbye to our oldest daughter today as she and her man left for
    Southern California and their new life together, some 3000 miles away. My
    wife cried her eyes out, my daughter and her younger sister couldn’t stop
    crying, and I just beamed with pride. Here was our oldest, heading out to
    start her adult life, her first full time job, the job of her dreams with the man of
    her dreams. This, after all, was what we had been helping to prepare her
    for over the last 23 years. I couldn’t help but feel excited for her, for both
    of them as I had flashbacks to the mid 70’s when my bride and I started our
    life journey together. The high lasted all day and through the ride into
    work. It felt like the bike was almost propelling itself along the streets.

    Well, now, here I am staring at the desktop on the computer, a picture of
    our daughter giving her speech during her college graduation last month….and
    my eyes won’t stay dry. I know this period of sadness is temporary and normal
    and I’m actually glad it happened (it’s nice to feel normal once in a while).
    One on her way, two more to go. I just hope they don’t go quite as far (away
    that is).

    It should be an interesting ride home, Gotta go dry my eyes…..

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    Welcome to the club...pass the tissues!

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    I know that feeling, but it is sure great when they come back for a visit!

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    His Brain is Gone! Tom Bombadil's Avatar
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    The period of sadness is not that short. Sorry to tell you.
    "Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen." Louis L'Amour

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    My other car is a bike TruF's Avatar
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    Congratulations on a job well done! You deserve a sniffle or two. Your daughter's are fortunate to have you for a father.
    Embrace diversity: hug a conservative.

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    Here I sit contemplating that my 29 year old oldest has just moved back in due to an inability to find an apartment that meets with his standards.

    Pass the tissues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddmaxx View Post
    Here I sit contemplating that my 29 year old oldest has just moved back in due to an inability to find an apartment that meets with his standards.

    Pass the tissues.

    You mean they can move back in?!?! OMG That was not in my Master Plan !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cranky old dude View Post
    You mean they can move back in?!?! OMG That was not in my Master Plan !!!!
    Oh yes, they often come back and seeing them leave the second time can be more emotional.

    My daughter and two granddaughters came to live with me for a year while her husband was in Korea. When he returned and they moved to Kansas I cried for days
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    Both our kids have moved out, and despite my pride for their accomplishments, I was a total basket case. It was a weep-fest for days. They reward you and break your heart at the same time.

    Well-done, COD, on launching your firstborn successfully.
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    Congratulations to a wonderful job you have done ! You should be a proud daddy.

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