The day always seemed so far away, now it is here. We always had more time, now we don't. Over the past month or so, we have been consumed with graduation, awards, parties and all of the other activities that distracted us from the harsh reality that our daughter is going to leave us. Never again will it be the same as it has been for the last 17 1/2 years as our little girl will now become a young woman beginning with this new stage of her life. The door on childhood is closing and the new door of adulthood is opening. Most parents of the class of 2016 are heavily involved in the lives of our children's...it is going to be so very hard for all of us to fill the void that was such a huge part of our existence. I know it is a part of life, I know it is an eventuality but my heart doesn't want it to be. My prayer is that I don't completely lose it, roll over in a fetal position in a hysterical state and make a total fool of myself as she walks up those stairs. Best of luck to all over the next few weeks as I am sure there will be many tears shed as we grasp our new reality.