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Her Senior Year
by Andy Smith   

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It's the most important year in a teenagers life. Her Senior Year takes you through that crazy senior year in high school - through the eyes of a father.

It may well be the most important year of your life. So many of them are. But there are few thresholds that we cross which have more impact on our lives than this one moment in time.
Even with all the changes in our world, this one year has always been, and will certainly always be, one of life’s greatest adventures as we try to figure out who we are, what we stand for and in what direction we are headed.
This year is my daughter’s senior year in high school.
For a guy who has been accused many times of never growing up, it is quite unsettling to see your daughter reach this pinnacle in her life.
Oh, the memories of diaper duty, kissing owies, negotiating dresses on Barbie dolls, playing Santa Clause, Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, Mr. Nice Guy, Mr. Bad Guy, launch pad at the pool, and of course, Mr. Taxi man, remain fresh in my heart as if they only occurred yesterday. This is what leads all parents to that one question that truly signals the passage into middle age; WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?
We only have three roads to travel in this life. You can constantly travel down the road that looks back at yesterday and ask where has the time gone. You can ride the road of worrying about tomorrow by grabbing every opportunity that gives you an advantage in your ever frantic quest of building an uncertain future. Or you can mosey down the road of the here-and-now, understanding that life was not meant to be built on yesterday’s memories or fueled by concerns for an uncertain tomorrow, but lived today, embracing every adventure that comes along. Though we all have a measure of each, I have always tried to keep my road of life traveling down the latter.
I have truly enjoyed all the memories we have come to know as yesterday, and have total faith that we will create an even better tomorrow. But today is today and it remains the only day that we have any control of.
So on this day, as I watch the torch being passed to my daughter’s class proclaiming them seniors of Hillwood High, I take hold of my fragile heart. They will be traveling down the final road of their youth and headed for that one day that has always been the biggest day for young people for generations. Graduation day.
My daughter is a senior… and I am a senior’s dad. Where does the time go?!?!

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