As each of my children has grown into adulthood, I’ve worked to gift them with an understanding of what being responsibly independent means. Today, I am grateful I have the wherewithal to support my last child in her flight from the nest. It was such a delight to witness the blossoming of autonomy within her as we picked up her first car and she realized what that was going to mean for her. I literally saw an inner strength well up within her, right in front of my eyes, as she “got it” that she was now able to go anywhere she wanted to, when she wanted to, in her very own car. As tough as it is to let them go, helping my baby birds learn to fly has been so gratifying because I get to be the one closest to their joy of flight.