This morning I made breakfast for my daughter before she went off to school. It wasn't anything fancy… but it was a nice chance to interact with her for 15 minutes before she left for school.
It was also my last chance.
Today is her last day of high school. Her graduation is on Sunday. And in August she'll be leaving home for college.
My daughter started kindergarten thirteen years ago… and I did much the same thing with her back then – made her breakfast and got her out the door. Of course, getting her ready for school was a lot more hands-on back then, and she didn't drive herself to school. 🙂
But what a long strange trip it's been.
Back in 1998 my business was starting to get rolling – I think I made $70k or so that year – and I was working my butt off to grow my business. And I was starting to see serious potential for big growth… I was actually thinking I might hit the $100k mark in a year or two, and we were starting to think about Mary quitting her job to be home with the kids.
Things have gone pretty well since then. 🙂
All I can say is I'm incredibly thankful for the Internet and a business where I had the flexibility to be there as my kids grew up (and make breakfast for them before school.)
And I can't believe my good fortune to have a business that makes a positive impact on so many people.
And I'm blessed to have such an amazingly awesome daughter.
(You've got better things to do than read a father's brag sheet about his daughter… so I will spare you. But she really is amazing.)
For you parents with little ones… the next time you turn around, your kids are going to be graduating from high school… and then leaving home.
It's a bittersweet thing. Make sure you savor the time you have with them – because the years are fleeting. They'll be gone before you know it.