So last night was our last EDGE of the semester.....for those of you wondering if I'm going to have an emotional breakdown this summer at the loss of so many great students and great friends....don't worry....I think I'm okay (despite the blubbering last night!!).
Todd and I were talking about why this year is harder than any other to say goodbye to...and for some reason it just hit me that this is our first 4-year class. This is the first group we've seen come in as Freshmen and graduate as Seniors. Usually we have students for 2 years and they're gone...not as much time to get attached, to go deep, to see growth....
But this group started with my first Freshman Bible Study.
I saw this group really grow up - spiritually, emotionally, intellectually. They came in as 18 year old kids and are leaving as mature adults (mostly!).
This group's been around long enough to know my secrets. to know my weaknesses and my struggles.
It's kind of a blurry line between student and friend. Somewhere between Freshman Move-Ins and Leaders Meetings that line disappeared.
I guess this is good training for parenting....you worry, pray, counsel, laugh alot....and then they leave. That's life.
Oh crap....Where's the kleenex box?