Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: Child now off to college)

I just recently had to experience what “most” parents have to experience at some point in their lives. My youngest child left me and went away to college. There were so many different emotions that I went through but it definitely is an adjustment for me. I was kind of sad because it means my youngest has now grown up and is (to some degree) on her own. I think this is the toughest part that a parent has to go through. You realize that at “some” point you have to “let them go” so that they can have the same opportunities to make the “same mistakes” we made growing up.  As “worrisome” as that sounds it must still be allowed, because the one thing a parent should “never” try to do is “live your life” through your siblings. Part of me was elated because now I no longer have to wake up early in the morning to take her to school. After doing late night gigs it is really tough to wake up early and run all over the place. The other emotion I feel is “worry” because it feels as though I am “now getting old.” The truth of the matter is that I  “am” actually getting “older” (We all are) but as long as I can still enjoy life, then that is what I aim to do. Having my daughter away at college does free me from certain responsibilities now. Needless to say, I am supportive and I talk to her frequently. She is happy where she is and of course, at some point I will need to go visit her. As a parent, it is a beautiful feeling when you have kids that have “never” abused drugs, committed a crime and graduated from school. I am proud of all 3 of my children and I love them without hesitation or pause. My other 2 have jobs and respectable lives and for me I couldn’t be happier. The amazing part is that “NOW” I know how my parents felt when it came to me growing up. Life is funny that way. If you are a parent whose child has grown up, I hope you are able to make that “transition” to “let that child go” and be “happy about what you have done.” It is never an easy task to be a parent but as long as you know that it takes dedication, love and some STRONG perseverance then you have the tools to make it work. Congratulations to my daughter, Melody Jolly, for reaching the final piece of her education and making me the “proud and happy” father that I am. I only hope that those of you reading this today can one day feel that same sense of “euphoria.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today, and I hope your day is awesome.

 

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Singer Chuck Jackson (His hit was “any day now”) and Brett jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (A Proud Father moment)

This morning I had one of those proud moments that every father “should” have. I witnessed my youngest daughter, Melody Jolly, graduate from high school. While to some this may not seem like a special moment, to me it is the ultimate sense of satisfaction. You see, I have known “many” fathers whose kids got caught up in drugs, prostitution, and crime. I have witnessed kids fighting or cursing out their parents who raised them. I have heard the stories of children being taken off the streets. “Never once” did I have to go down to the jailhouse to get any of my kids out. Never once have I gotten any type of report stating that my kids were high off of some controlled substance. My kids don’t smoke or drink. I think the ultimate testament of a father is in how his children have grown, and I am “so” proud of my kids. There is “no way” that you can guarantee anything with children, because often they are subject to the same mistakes that “we” made growing up, but I can stick my chest out proudly for the way my kids love me back.  My baby graduated this morning, and it was a beautiful ceremony. This afternoon I have to take my son for his “second” driving test. I am keeping my fingers crossed that today can have “two” very positive outcomes, but if he doesn’t pass, I will still love him as if he did. I hope that other fathers out there experience the same feeling of euphoria that I have this morning when it comes to your kids. I consider fatherhood a blessing, and I feel sorry for any father who does not feel the same way. I hope you don’t mind me sharing this with you today, but hey, I have to brag about this to “someone.” That’s what proud parents do… Thank you for listening, and please have a great and “blessed” weekend.

 

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