John Kuzmirek: Where did the time go?

Where did the time go? My youngest child Haley is soon to be off to college. She will be attending Duquesne University, Mylan School of Pharmacy, this fall. I had the pleasure of being Haley’s softball coach since she was 12 years old. It was something really special for both of us. It was our “thing”, something that we got to spend a lot of time together doing, and something we both enjoyed tremendously. It was a great experience, and Haley was fortunate to be on a team with the finest group of young ladies and parents around. My wife Paula, Haley and I will cherish the friendships and all the good times traveling and playing tournaments! Although Haley had the opportunity to play in college, she chose a school that doesn’t have a softball team, but has an excellent pharmacy program.

On August 18th she moves into her dorm and Paula and I will officially be “Empty Nesters”. I don’t know how I’m going to feel that day on the ride home. Paula will have to drive as I won’t be able to see through my tears! Although I am extremely proud of the nice young lady she grew up to be, it’s very hard to let go and accept the fact that she is on her own (even though she’s only 30 minutes away from home). I trust that God will guide her to make good decisions and be very successful, but I sure will miss her. Of course Haley can’t wait to start a new chapter in her life.

As most parents in our situation, we didn’t save nearly enough to pay for all of her college expenses. Who does? It’s a reality that hits home as “the day” draws near. I wish I could go back in time to make sure that I would be better prepared. For those of you who are parents of young children, it’s not too late to start preparing for “the day” when you drop your son or daughter off at college. There are many educational saving plans available to help take the stress of college expenses out of the equation and let those tears that will flow down your face, be tears of pure joy and happiness for your child. We have a great resource at Polish Falcons in John Denning who can help you with the financial part of college planning. Reach out to him! Time marches on, so there’s no better time to start! God bless you!