Today our eldest child graduates from college.
In our specific era and class, this is her real graduation into independent adulthood. We will, of course, continue to love and help her all of our days. But from now on she will not be temporarily away from our home, but a person with her own center of gravity elsewhere, who pays us welcome visits.
Adding to this sense of completion of a loop is the fact that she is graduating from our alma mater.
And for a further dash of sweetness, yesterday we walked by the Meeting House on campus where we were married, 28 years before that moment.