In five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes, how do you measure a year in the life? How about love? – from the song Seasons of Love by Jonathan Larson
May is a month for celebrations – and good-byes. Earlier this month we honored our mothers and now it’s time to recognize the graduates.
Caitlin, my daughter, graduates from the University of Kansas tomorrow. The clichés about fleeting time are true. She grew up too fast on me.
I still remember her running around the soccer field with that large, white bow perched on her head. And when she was even younger, my daughter would sing herself to sleep at night. With her voice vibrating through the house, Mary Beth and I never found sleep until Caitlin did.
Perhaps my fondest memory is the time we spent together in New York City. Caitlin accompanied me on several business trips there. We shopped, watched Broadway Musicals and experienced the world’s greatest city together. It was in New York that Caitlin gave me a second chance to be a father.
That was then. This is now. Caitlin graduates tomorrow and on Tuesday she leaves.
She will be back to visit and we will still enjoy family vacations. But if you are parent you understand the meaning of a child leaving after graduation – the child is now an adult and belongs not just to you any longer, but also to the world.
It‘s my honor to share my Caitlin with you, World.
Although you’ll soon see for yourself, here’s what you can expect. Caitlin is passionate about helping the disadvantaged. She’s compassionate, sensitive and at the same time my daughter won’t be taken for granted. She does what she says and never says anything she doesn’t believe.
Caitlin will change lives. She will reach out and grab the outstretched hands before her. She won’t quit until she knows her heart has been poured out for you. If you have the chance to walk with her, you will notice she never walks in front, but next to wherever you are.
She’s coming to you World. Appreciate her. Wrap your arms around her and love her with all you might. If you do, you will receive 10 times back whatever you gave.
Before you leave Caitlin allow me to celebrate you. Let me tell you how proud you make me and how much I love you. I know what I’m losing on Tuesday is one of the best gifts I will ever share with the world.
World – I present my daughter. Take good care of her.