Thirteen years ago, I sat in the high school gymnasium and watched my son cross the stage for his diploma. I remember sitting there thinking about the day that his sister would do it too. It seemed like it would be forever and a day before my sweet little girl was crossing over that stage. This past week, that forever and a day occurred, and my daughter graduated.
My son went on to join the Navy, and now has a devoted wife and two beautiful children. I haven’t seen him since the pandemic hit, and I have yet to meet my granddaughter in person, but that is coming very soon.
With my daughter graduating, I find myself rather reflective these days. I guess that is natural to think back on those earlier days when they were young. As much as I wish I could stop time, I know I can’t and I have had to recently undo the tight leash I had on my daughter so that she can now spread her wings and fly on her own soon. Now that high school is officially over, college is just around the corner and we are in full swing of preparing for that with orientation later this month.
With her heading off in August, that leaves the nest empty, and I’m not sure exactly how to feel about that. It will be a new world where it’s just my husband and me on a daily basis. It’s a good thing that we like each other. For thirty-one years I have had a child under my roof, and now that will change.
But that’s okay. Like I wanted my son to succeed, I can only dream of what my daughter will achieve, and hope that she will find everything she has ever dreamed to have.
I guess with her gone, I’ll have more time to write, and I look forward to putting more of myself into my work. One of the books that I’ll be working on is Mission: Courage. It is the fourth book in the Rise Again Warrior Series. A series that is emotional and intense and deals with what our military service members go through once they return from war.
Stacy Eaton is a USA Today Best Selling author and began her writing career in October of 2010. Stacy took an early retirement from law enforcement after over fifteen years of service in 2016, with her last three years in investigations and crime scene investigation to write full time.
Stacy is very involved in Domestic Violence Awareness and served on the Board of Directors for her local Domestic Violence Center for three years.