My last first day of school

MINOT, N.D. — In November, I’ll mark my 21st year as a father.

This week, I’ll take the youngest of my children to his first day of kindergarten, which will be the last time I take one of my children to school for the first time.

I’ll admit to having a hard time with this.

It should feel good.

It should feel like a beginning. My son has spent the earliest years of his life learning from his family. It’s time for him to start the profoundly necessary process of learning from other people.

Still, it feels like the beginning of an end to my relevance in his life.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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