Late summer in north Idaho can feel like early fall-- and after a cool and damp weekend we enjoyed sunny, warm temps on Monday. That evening my daughter's senior class gathered at the lake for a back-to-school-for-the-last-time cookout.
Homeschooled kids don't see their "classmates" every day at school, so we are planning several social events throughout the year to celebrate this achievement in our lives, and to create special memories of "Senior Year."
As we enjoyed the amazing sunset over the lake, and the fellowship around the campfire, I was reminded again why Laura Ingalls Wilder called these the "Happy Golden Years." The young people are just on the brink of adulthood and are so excited about all the possibilities available to them.
On the flipside it's a bittersweet time for the parents. We've done our job as well as we knew how, and now it's time to begin to let go.