... perhaps the greatest since getting married.
This morning we are packing our only daughter, Jessica, off to college. It's going to be strange not having my many time hiking, climbing, skiing and sailing partner with me, at least not so often. I'm going to spending a lot more time with my wife, but different time. Quieter time with a different focus. Time to remember who we were before children, consider what changes we have experienced, and decide who we are to become. Seems better than mourning what is perceived lost.
I will miss each age, but the whole point was moving to the next age... wasn't it? Some days I wouldn't mind being 12 again. Except I doubt my folks would have let me sail into the sunset with my wife.