One of the hardest and most rewarding things about parenting must be sending your child off to college. Hard because it’s time to accept that they are fully grown up, responsible adults now, and they don’t need you anymore (theoretically at least). Rewarding because you have done a great job raising a great kid who is now ready to step out alone into the world and make something of themselves.
This heartfelt post by proud dad Bud perfectly captures the bittersweet moments of seeing your children fly the coop, as that precious and deep bond necessarily loosens a little, to allow them to stand on their own two feet.
Bud and his boys had a cherished weekly tradition of hitting up the local Dairy Queen for some ice cream after dinner. A solid bit of bonding time between a father and his sons – something that they all loved doing together.
As the boys grew and gradually headed off to college, the final picture shows Bud alone at their table. As proud as he is to see his sons grow…