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Old August 15th, 2013, 02:28 PM
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tough day

While not the hardest day of my life it was a tough one. My wrenching, fishing and hunting buddy, my wheeling friend and spotter, the kid I have played catch with for 17 years left home. From now on he will be merely a guest and visitor in my house. Trust me, this one isn't coming back.

Yesterday we took my son and dropped him off at Texas A&M where he will be a member of the Corps of Cadets. He is on an Air Force Scholarship studying Aerospace engineering. I was so proud and so sad all at the same time. For all you dads out there of boys or girls I hope you make time for them and when you don't have the time put it down and give them some anyway. You only have them for a short time and it really does go by quickly.

It was a bitter sweet day.
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Old August 15th, 2013, 02:35 PM
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Congratulations ... you've obviously done a fantastic job so far!

Good luck to your son!
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Old August 15th, 2013, 02:37 PM
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Yes, I feel for you. I know that feeling. My oldest of 4 will be leaving for BYU in 2 weeks. I am going to miss him.
Being a dad is a wonderful blessing.

I agree that time is so important and life is what we make it. Family first!

On the other hand, for my son, he will enjoy the new experience of being away from home. Plus... what a bonus point for an 18yr old to be driving a D90 at University. We had his D90 shipped out there already, and he will fly out beginning of Sept.
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Old August 15th, 2013, 02:50 PM
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Congratulations ... you've obviously done a fantastic job so far!

Good luck to your son!
x2!

And whatever you do, do not turn on Cat Stevens tonight! Father and Son or Cats In The Cradle especially.
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Old August 15th, 2013, 03:01 PM
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Yes, I feel for you. I know that feeling. My oldest of 4 will be leaving for BYU in 2 weeks. I am going to miss him.
Being a dad is a wonderful blessing.

I agree that time is so important and life is what we make it. Family first!

On the other hand, for my son, he will enjoy the new experience of being away from home. Plus... what a bonus point for an 18yr old to be driving a D90 at University. We had his D90 shipped out there already, and he will fly out beginning of Sept.

He is gonna get so much ass driving a Defender in college! LOL!
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Old August 15th, 2013, 03:03 PM
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I'm facing that same scenario on Tuesday when I move my daughter into a dorm at JMU. She grew up at ROAV Mid-Atlantic Rallys since age 5. Time is swift and relentless.
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Old August 15th, 2013, 03:06 PM
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He is gonna get so much ass driving a Defender in college! LOL!
He's going to BYU, more likely he'll have a line of girls who want to be his wife first...
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Old August 15th, 2013, 03:06 PM
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And whatever you do, do not turn on Cat Stevens tonight! Father and Son or Cats In The Cradle especially.
Ha, Cats in the Cradle, I HATE that song, had a very absent father and vowed not to be like him. I worked too much many times but did my best to give him and the two behind him all my extra time.

One of the hardest moments was turning the corner to our house and seeing his Discovery parked on the street. He's leaving it behind for at least the first semester.
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He's going to BYU, more likely he'll have a line of girls who want to be his wife first...
And he can marry all of 'em in Utah!
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Old August 15th, 2013, 03:19 PM
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And he can marry all of 'em in Utah!
Probably time to upgrade to a 130 then...
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RE And he can marry all of 'em in Utah!

Stupid comment.
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[QUOTE=Gunmaker;459956]Ha, Cats in the Cradle, I HATE that song, had a very absent father and vowed not to be like him. I worked too much many times but did my best to give him and the two behind him all my extra time.

X2 I had a very absent father as well and I'm of the same mine when it comes to spending time with my daughter. Plenty of 4wheelers, shooting, fishing, surfing and so on. I am also a "twirl dad" and go to all her baton twirling practices and competitions. I truly dread that day when she packs to go off into the world.
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Ha, Cats in the Cradle, I HATE that song, had a very absent father and vowed not to be like him.
100% in the same boat. I made every decision with my daughter based on doing the opposite of what my old man would do/did. She turned out to be a fine, respectful, responsible young lady. Never raised a hand to her and treated her with the respect I was never shown.
She is a kind soul who her little students adore. I wish I had her temperament and her ability to see something good in everybody.
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Give him my congratulations for receiving the Air Force ROTC scholarship!
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It could be worse. The kid could be unemployed and never want to leave home.
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This time next year our oldest will be taken to college for his Freshman year.
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Old August 16th, 2013, 09:27 AM
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Give him my congratulations for receiving the Air Force ROTC scholarship!

Thanks Chris, As I have told you before it is funny how one small conversation can have an impact on a child's life and I will thank you again for the conversation you had with me while Calvin just happened to be listening. It helped solidify the thoughts he was thinking about in regards to what he wanted to do when he grew up. At the time neither one of us knew the impact but it was there. Thanks

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My daughter is only 8, but this is our song. Its the opposite Cats in the Cradle, about taking the time with them while they are here. Next year will be the 1/2 point of her living with us. It goes by so fast.





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A good song indeed but hard to listen to, at least for me, when you know it is about the daughter he lost in an accident. But so true whether they pass away or leave the house enjoy the time with them because you never know what the future holds.
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