My daughter leaves for the U.S. Air Force in a couple of days. The months since she told us she was enlisting have turned into weeks and now days. Soon we’ll be carefully watching each precious hour that will be poured like oil into our hands. Holding on is futile.
Only a parent can fully appreciate the range and depth of emotions that wash over like waves as the tides change during your parenting career. I remember the day she was born and how she reached out with her tiny fingers to grasp mine in the hospital nursery. Now those hands will be trained to fight for you and me. To grasp technical instruments of war. To preserve freedom.
I’m proud of you Elizabeth. For doing something greater than yourself. For serving. For sacrifice.
I’ve been aware of the shadowy nature of our borrowed time together. How I became a debtor in possession of moments that passed one by one. Together they formed an unbroken chain of memories. That is how we each repaid our time together. We created great memories.
You heard me teach about your financial legacy, how your home is not an investment, how to survive difficult times and to ask me for help with your finances. You have learned the 6 pillars of borrower character.
You are well prepared to make your own way. Now you must go and do.
Our borrowed time as parent and child is being paid on demand. This is harvest season for the special moments lender. I’m now signing a new promissory note for the next season as father and daughter.
I promise to repay future installments of borrowed time with more lasting memories.
Know that my love is unchanging.