Such a bittersweet time.
“Thank you for sharing the letter to Austin. I have one son, born in 1992, who is doing the college app thing now, and your letter felt like reading a summation of the thoughts I have as I contemplate his leaving home for this next phase of his life. As you said, such a bittersweet time. I wouldn't deprive him of it for the world, but … he has been my world for so long that it's pretty hard to just say, “Okay then – go ahead out there.” But I remember that my Mom let me go, and I know that good parents don't hang on longer than what is right.
Like the butterfly that you release, it comes back to you, right?”