Lord willing, there will be further graduates within our family, but this month we see the last graduate from high school, as Veronica — the baby of the family — graduates. With her departure this summer to take up residence with her oldest sister while she begins undergraduate school at the University of Texas, our nest here at home will finally be empty, except for the periodic return of our nestlings for a visit.
Honestly, I’m not sure how Barbara and I are going to navigate this change. I expect us to find ourselves conflicted with relief and sadness. It won’t be boring, as we’ve learned when our eldest (Alexa) and her younger sister (Geneva) both departed for university studies. In many ways, parenting simply changes gears at that point. What’s going to be different this time is that the nest — which Barbara and I will continue to occupy — will no longer domicile our daughters. Some months down the road, if I find myself with something to report about that time, I’ll let you know.
Meanwhile, our days are filled with much coming and going. This photo shows me and Veronica at the Belles and Beaus Ball. Later, if I can figure out how to do it, I’ll post a video clip of me and Veronica walzing at this ball.