Apron Strings

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Apron Strings

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Time to Cut the Apron Strings

About this time each year, there are thousands of parents with mixed feelings. Happiness, relief, great joy, elation ... all emotions of the parent of a soon to be high school graduate. But, wait, do I sense apprehension, sadness, and or terror? Graduation marks a time in the life a young person that will be looked back upon with all the feelings mentioned above, both by parents and the graduate.

It is with relief that the final grades have been posted and all were acceptable. Sadness creeps in because the knowledge that this young person who is so anxious to walk across that stage, take that diploma in hand and head out into the world all on his own, is your "baby." Oh, there may be other siblings to follow, but he is still your young 'un.

The story is told of a father who went fishing one last time before his son left for his freshman year in college. The transition from high school to college was not going to be easy, but the father had been preparing for this day. Know what one of the biggest things he had to learn to do? Give permission.

He had to permit himself to look at his son as an adult, not the little boy he had taught to fish, taught to ride a bike, taught to drive a truck. The father had to permit himself to let go of the little boy and accept him as an adult.

The father found that giving permission to the son to be an adult was easier than giving himself permission to believe and accept it. As the fishing trip was coming to a close, the father put his arm around his son and assured him he would always love him and do whatever it takes to continue to the be best father he can be. As hard as it was, he told his son that he now views him as an adult and will treat him as such.

You see, mothers aren't the only parents who have apron strings attached to their children. It's just that daddies try harder to never let those apron strings show. And they certainly never want anyone to know how hard it is to cut them. Normal are the tears that sometimes come with the realization that another phase of your child's life has closed. So, whether you are a mom or dad of a graduate, or you are the graduate, these are the days to happy. Things will work out. All will go well. Maybe not the way you had planned, but believe me, you will survive. As the mother of three children and two grandchildren who have passed the rite of graduation, I can say that with assurance. Did I say there would be no problems or no heartaches? Nope, because I would be misleading you if I did. Just remember there is One in charge who will guide you where you need to go.

Smile as you cut those apron strings.

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