for when your child leaves to set out on their own life. No matter how much you talk about it, no matter how much you mentally prepare yourself, your just not ready for that moment. We're a very close family, my wife and sons are my best friends. 30 minutes ago my youngest son(17)left for Navy boot camp in Chicago. I could not be prouder of him for choosing to serve his country. 8 weeks of boot camp(yes, we're going to graduation)3 days off, then he's off to Texas for 13 weeks for advanced training. Cherish the time you have with your kids, the day they set out on their own life comes way too fast.