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cs
06-16-2011, 02:16 PM
They tend to grow up on us overnight.

Some of you may remember some of these pictures, to me they were like yesterday.

Here is one from my first boat with my first mate.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3035/2929299900_428a8ef298.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3070/2928438639_cda2aa7b2a.jpg

And here is from a Christmas party one year.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3292/2929299890_817c50f50d.jpg

Skipping forward several years here is the first picture that comes on my screensaver on my laptop. Many a night I layed down in my bed while in Iraq and say this was the first thing I saw as the screensaver kicked in as I was trying to go to sleep. Note that un-removable cell phone in her hand.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1025/1462698481_39e61604b6.jpg

And more receantly as she gets ready to take on the world.

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/226467_1872294939506_1605146991_31905804_1707716_n .jpg

Just ask her and she will tell you that she has me wrapped around her little finger. I don't believe it to be true, but there you go.

Nobody told me when this trip started that 18 was going to get here so fast and be so tough. I'm hoping that all the leasons that we poured into her will help guide her through life.

Chad

S.V. Airlie
06-16-2011, 02:18 PM
Great pics Chad but man, you are really feeling your age aren't you? I mean one thread about switching jobs soon and then this one! When are ya gonna buy the Porsche!

Paul Pless
06-16-2011, 02:19 PM
Damn Chad, you make me feel old. I remember when you posted every one of those pics.

I also remember sitting in your backyard having a beer and seeing her do back flips on the trampoline while talking on her cell phone.

cs
06-16-2011, 02:30 PM
Let me adjust my reading glasses so I can read your post. There that is better.

Yeah the years have piled up. I think I've aged more in the last 6 months than I did in the previous 18 years. Adjusting to her being an "adult" now is harder than I imagined, but worth it. Seeing her take on the responsbilities of being a young adult is heart warming.

Chad

S.V. Airlie
06-16-2011, 02:32 PM
Chad you are almost there. I can't wait though, until the day she brings home a "friend" for the weekend!:)

I'm sure she will be fine as she was brought up right but I am worried about you!

cs
06-16-2011, 02:37 PM
Oh I'll be fine. I'm learning to adjust. I saw a sign the other day that said that being a parent was an eighten year leason in learning to let go. What I try to do is to remember what it was like when I was 18 and try to apply that to how I treat my daughter. It don't always work and sometimes she gets mad at me, but she knows I only do what I do with her best intrest in mind.

And besides I still have my boats and my motorcycle to keep me busy. And the kid (yes I still call her the kid) told me that she was going to buy me a new motorcycle for Christmas.

Chad

Joe (SoCal)
06-16-2011, 03:12 PM
Yup

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m320/fosterhere/Tess/is_00290.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m320/fosterhere/is_00039.jpg

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Joe (SoCal)
06-16-2011, 03:21 PM
Imagine how *I* felt when my youngest one, fresh out of Tufts University with a cum laude degree, announced that she was moving to Washington DC to be a barmaid in an Irish Pub! I immediately envisioned my deceased Dad, who funded her college eduacation, rolling over in his grave... but I held my tongue and said nothing.

Fast forward to today: the same kid is now a Vice President of a major Boston PR firm, and flies all over the world (Geneva, London, Paris, Lisbon). :):):)


See it's that fine Irish pub education ;)

bobbys
06-16-2011, 03:54 PM
Pretty goils!.

I have a daughter, She's pretty nice but I had sell all my toys so she could get smart..

Now she's plenty smart..

She gave me her old cell phone though.

In fact every couple of years they tell me i can get a new updated cell phone but somehow i just get the old ones?

cs
06-16-2011, 04:23 PM
It is great watching our kids grow up.

Yeah Bobby I can imagine. I'm hoping college doesn't hit us too hard in the pocketbook.

Chad

Bobcat
06-16-2011, 04:54 PM
I know the feeling my eldest graduates from high school tonight.

cs
06-17-2011, 07:15 AM
Reckon me and you are in the same boat. Sounds like you have some more behind that one though.

Chad