The day actually started out wonderfully. We attended the awards ceremony for the John Hopkins University CTY program. It was quite nice, the speakers gave some fantastic speeches, and, well, of course, we beamed with pride as Annie got her certificate for being among the top scorers in New York state.
We took the gang out to lunch. Again had a great time.
Then we came home and found the mail had been delivered. Two items conspired to give me that "kicked in the gut" feeling I mentioned. And it's not that either of them came as a surprise, we knew they were coming at some point. But there was just something about seeing these things in print. I've probably
So what's the big deal? I don't know. I've sort of had these moments before. When Max stopped nursing at 21 months, and I realized there were no more babies in my future. When Max headed off to kindergarten, and I had to face the fact that they were all old enough to be in school. But Saturday it really hit me full force for the first time that it isn't going to be long at all until Annie is going to be grown up and leave home. Obviously, a parent knows all along that it will happen. But somehow those two stupid little pieces of paper just made it seem SO REAL.