After a child is born, it is hard to leave them with a babysitter.
Even if it is a grandparent or trusted friend.
We say goodbye and hope for the best.
But the brief separation almost always goes fine and our child survives.
Later, when we drop them off at daycare or school for the first time, we feel guilt, sadness and a bit of trepidation.
Although we may not want to, we say goodbye and hope for the best.
Children generally survive daycare and grade school without a problem.
Still later, our children go off to high school and those same feelings kick in.
Future goodbyes include when they go off to college, move out permanently and eventually get married.
Today, I dropped our eldest son off at the Metro bus for him to take to his high school downtown.
That familiar sadness of a quick goodbye kicked in once again.
Life is a series of goodbyes.
We say goodbye to children, to friends and to parents.
Saying goodbye is never easy.
The sadness and worry never goes away.
All we can do is send them on their way and hope and pray for the best.
Still not easy.