Today I Saw God

Letting Go

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One of the most difficult things we do as parents is let go of our children. It starts when they are babies taking their first steps. As we watch them teeter, our instinct is to grab them and prevent the fall, but at the same time we know that they must take these steps on their own. This feeling of watching them strike out on their own and wanting to be there right at their side is palpable when they head off to college. That's why Parent's Weekend is, to me, the BEST weekend ever!

This was my second Parent's Weekend, and the feelings were the same. I was anxious to see how my daughter was doing in her dorm, I wanted to meet some of her friends and, most of all, I wanted to see the campus through her eyes. Was she comfortable here? Does it seem like she knows people? Are there good influences in her life? Is she okay?

This year we were able to experience an outdoor a cappella ensemble performance, and it was awesome. The weather was wonderful, and the view was spectacular. As I looked over the lake, watching the kayakers and listening to the students, the familiar words from "I Hope You Dance" came to mind: "I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance, never settle for the path of least resistance, livin' might mean takin' chances but they're worth takin'." And I thought to myselfthat's it. I want her to "dance"; to experience the fullness of college, and I realized that it involves risk on both our parts. That's when I had the most comforting thought: She is dancing. She is fine and you are too.

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