Today is the last day of summer - at least that is the case for my daughter, Joy. Today we pack her things back up and tomorrow she will be on her way back to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia for her fourth and final year of undergraduate studies. That's right. My little girl is ready to start her senior year in college. Is that even possible?
It's been great having Joy with us this summer here in our new home in Northern Michigan. Liberty University sure seems like a long way from Gaylord, Michigan (that's because it is a long way from Gaylord, Michigan). Joy only has one more semester of classes left and then it is student teaching time. Classes actually don't begin until August 22 but Joy is a Resident Assistant so she has to be back by Aug 7 for leadership training before the incoming freshmen invade campus.
So tomorrow morning Laura will drive down with Joy and help her get settled into her dorm (Laura will then fly back home on Sunday). Before you know, it will be May 2012 and we will be heading down to Liberty for graduation - exactly 25 years (a quarter century) after I graduated from the same campus back in 1987. Time marches on, doesn't it?
Have a great senior year, Sweetheart! I love you and am so very proud of you!