Tic, Tic, Tic…6 months to Empty Nest

I almost missed it.

I almost missed it for a work meeting.

I almost consciously missed my Son being inducted into the National Honor Society tonight.  Coincidently (or maybe not) it was cancelled.  Perhaps someone was sending me a message.  How many of these precious moments have I regrettably missed?

The National Honor Society recognizes students for high standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character.  Eric and 40 other students were honored tonight.

There he sat in the back row of the stage.

His name called.  Six Foot Three.  Wearing his Dad’s tie. When and how did he learn how to tie a tie?

Memories flashed by.  Where did the years go?  It felt like yesterday when I held you in my arms.  And day before yesterday when I watched you walk to pre-school sobbing, not wanting to leave your Mommy.  You carrying your Snoopy lunch box to school.

And now, you walk across the stage.  17 years old.  You collect your certificate.  And then light your candle with the other inductees.

60 days or so from college app decision.

6 months from an empty nest.

It’s gone too fast Son.  Way too fast.

I couldn’t be prouder.

I’m so glad that I didn’t miss this moment.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”  (Maya Angelou)


  1. Nice post Dave. I feel your pain, almost. I still have one left. Max’s NHS induction was during school so I missed it. Graduation’s going to be tough.


  2. Love this post. So beautiful. So honest.
    Thanks for the reminder. My sons are 7 and 11 – and I’m holding on to the moments. I know I’ll be in your shoes one day, and don’t want any regrets that I’ve missed anything.


  3. Congratulations! Eric’s accomplishments are reflective of the quality of his parents.


  4. Congratulations to Eric and to mom & dad!!!! It makes me sad to hear everyone say how fast time flies when you have children. I have 3 little ones now and I am already sad thinking ahead of moments as you are presently experiencing. I bet you don’t remember the days he made you so upset too and the times you gave him time outs …. oh how painful it is…. to discipline and to see them go. I am living both worlds, now and later 🙂 Congratulations to all of you. It’s a great post.


  5. “How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Seuss

    Enjoy these next 6 months. Just live in the moment, not in the moments to come.


  6. Congratulations! Time flies when you’re having fun raising good kids. 🙂


  7. Paul Valdez says:

    Congratulations Dave! These are the things you’ll remember when you look back years from now…not the awesome presentation I gave at the meeting today :-). It is a proud day as a parent when you see your child succeed. I took the day off when my daughter graduated and I will always have the joy of experiencIng that moment when she walked up and received her diploma. So glad I did that. It’s all about finding the right balance. Someone once told me that when you are on your deathbed it’s doubtful you’ll say “I wish I had worked more.” congrats again!!!


  8. Congratulations to your son on his hard work. And, thanks for being a great Dad.


  9. I’m glad you didn’t miss it! 🙂


  10. Noted. Thank you for this brilliant sticky-note in my messy motherhood mind. xt


  11. Bim Sohan says:

    Wow – how quickly your kids have grown up and ready for the next phase of life (leaving home). These are the precious moments, enjoy them as they will always bring a smile 🙂 Congrats on a job well done to you and Susan.


  12. Maria Mendizabal says:

    Congratulations to very proud parents, Dave and Susan!! So much love and caring have made your kids who they are today, very strong and ready for their future. Thank you for sharing such important and personal moments of your heart and life with us. Many blessings to you always, Maria



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