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Old 07-30-2013, 09:20 PM   #1
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He's Moving Out

Quite a monumental upcoming weekend for the wife and I. Our son is moving out of the house. There's a part of us that's sad to see him go and there's another part that's happy to see him finally venturing out on his own. Our son is moving out this weekend, while we're vacationing in NC. (timing sometimes doesn't work out) He graduated from the University of Nevada a little over 3 months ago, having lived at home while he finished his degree. In about 2 weeks after graduating he secured a job as the music department director for a nearby High School.

I know there's a bunch of you out there that have experienced this already. Not sure how you felt when it happened, but my heart is full of emotion. Part of me is glad to see him go and start his life on his own. Another part of me is sad that such an awesome guy is no longer going to be here to enjoy the company of.

I know one thing for sure. There are a bunch of students, many aspiring to be musicians and vocalists that will fall under the tutelage of this great young man. They're in for a treat! He knows he'll never make a fortune as a teacher, but he's following his heart to share his love of music with others.

Maybe I played the stereo to loud when he was a baby. I wanted him to get a degree in business. My thing! The most universal degree you can have in my opinion.

Here's to you my son Joshua. You will be great and you will succeed!

I would normally only share this with close friends and family, but I feel that after some time spent on this forum, I'm surrounded by fellow forum members that are often times like displaced family and always close friends.


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Old 07-30-2013, 09:45 PM   #2
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Congrats to all three of you. Sound like your son will do great. I'll never forget what my music teacher told us in junior high. Teach a kid to blow a horn, and they will never blow a safe. I think that saying has a lot of merit, maybe more so today then back when I was in school in the sixties.

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Old 07-30-2013, 09:53 PM   #3
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He is doing what you raised him to do---becomung independent. That only shows you did a good job. He isn't going to sit in youe basement and play video games.
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:58 AM   #4
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The Emptynest thing, been there done that, Greatest day of my life. For some it takes a while to adjust and not so much. My sons mother had a real rough time of it, both when he went off to college and when he finished. Not for me, i looked at it as the beginning of our(my) time to play. All those years of working my tail off to make the bills and such, well what can i say, we're off Rv'ing today as we speak. Having a Grand Ole Time too.
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Old 07-31-2013, 06:56 AM   #5
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WOW! Great news. HAPPY for all of you.
Blessings to him in his new career. Music is a language understood by all! It's so important to get inspired early. Good teachers make a great deal of impact.
Blessings to you for helping and bringing to this point in his life. Now time for you to reap the rewards of your independence!
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:08 AM   #6
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This is what our son's thoughts were when his daughter started doing things for herself:
"Mom I just cannot understand why parents get upset and stuff because the kids are growing up. I look at it this way - My job with her is to give her the tools and brains to be independent and take care of herself. So when she actually does it then I am doing my job so why cry cause she starts school or takes a bath all by herself or you name it."
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"You cannot do everything for them all the time, they have to learn to live by themselves and make mistakes and they will learn from that."
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Old 08-01-2013, 12:53 PM   #7
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Congratulations ! thats huge when our last one moved out we changed all the locks. jk
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Old 08-01-2013, 12:59 PM   #8
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It is tough, we successfully launched 7 great adults into the world ourselves. You want to keep them with you as they become not only your children but your friends, but you have to be proud that they ARE so independent. As halfwright says, he is a productive citizen, not sitting in your basement playing video games - you obviously did it right
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:11 PM   #9
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Hey from one uniform guy to another congrats you should be proud!!
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Old 08-01-2013, 02:06 PM   #10
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Congrats and I hope everything works out for all parties involved!!! My 22 year old son has moved in and out three times since he was 18 years old... Just moved back in a few weeks ago!!
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:22 AM   #11
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Hey, I like music.. Though I'm trained in hard sciences (Chemistry, Physics, Math, Biology and electronics among softer science classes that were required (Economics for example) Music will always be a first love for me...I keep kicking myself that I did NOT get my mother (Who was great) to teach me piano.

My daughter could teach it.. If we lived in the same state. And she does teach flute, and can perform at a level that would give many very good performers cause to sweat if they were in competition. (She has a bachlor's in music performance and education, Masters (soon) in General ED)

The thing about Music.. Chemistry, Math, Physics and Biology are all often used in the "Art of war"... Music.

Well as Pete Seeger said.. People who are singing together are not fighting each other.

And he is a wise man.
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:18 AM   #12
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As parents, our children's life is a circle.

We get married and can't wait to have children.
Then we can't wait until they are old enough to stay with a baby sitter.
Then we can't wait until they are old enough to not need a baby sitter.
Then we cant wait until they are old enough to leave the house.
Then we can't wait for them to come home and visit.

Congratulations. They really never leave "home."
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:44 AM   #13
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All my kids left years ago. They all have kids of their own. I am lucky that we all live within 1.5 hrs from each other.

Congratulations and best wishes for your son!

Yesterday one of my boys called and informed me that one of his daughters got her drivers license and the other got her permit on the same day.....

Now he will see how quickly the are gone. That seems to be the real turning point...

Be happy and enjoy the rest of your life, one step at a time.
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Old 08-02-2013, 05:04 PM   #14
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When our daughter went through her divorce she and her 3 kids lived with us for 9 months. The twin girls were 4 and my grandson was 6 months old when they moved in. When they finally decided to move out I was thrilled. After they left we were sitting one nite and I said it sure is quiet around here I sure do miss the kids. I did get over that feeling but I sure do cherish the time they were here. Jim

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