Learning from our mistakes

Today our youngest turns 21. With all of our children now in the "adult" category (whatever that means), I can certainly look back at things I would have done differently. I might be tempted to say -- as some have said throughout history: Mistakes were made. While that's true, it's not true enough. I made…

Transitions

Last Thursday, my wife and I took our middle child two hours away ... and left her there. It was the first time we had done something so drastic, but also so inevitable. For we took my daughter to college ... and then came home without her. Honestly, I was surprised at how well I…

Letter to My Daughter Upon Her Graduation

So, last week, I looked at commencement speeches, and what they say about us. This week, I want to continue on the graduation theme -- but on a much more personal level. Today, I write a letter to my 18-year-old daughter who will, in 3 days, graduate from high school. Consider this my commencement speech…