EppsNet Archive: Lasts


14 Jan 2015 /

End-of-winter-break dinner at BJ’s Brewhouse, after which the boy headed back to school for his final semester . . .

BJ's Brewhouse


18 Aug 2011 /

My boy leaves for college tomorrow, so this is my last day as a live-in dad.

I’m happy for him but I’m sad that something I’ve enjoyed so much is ending.

It’s one thing to say, “I’ll be able to deal with that day when it comes,” and it’s another thing to find yourself at that day, dealing with it . . .


19 Jun 2011 /
Fathers Day

Today is my last Fathers Day with a live-in kid. My boy and I have been walking a path together for 18 years and the time has come for him to set out on his own path.

We are both headed into a great unknown . . .


9 Jun 2011 /
Boy doing math problems

Last day of high school. Can’t believe it’s all over. No more “what’s due tomorrow?”

The boy has a clock radio but he never sets it because he likes to sleep with the radio on. Yes, we probably should have made him get an alarm clock to encourage responsibility and self-reliance, but we didn’t. His mom and I have been waking him up for school for 13 years and this morning was the last time we’ll do that.


2 Jun 2011 /
Self-portrait with drumsticks

My kid played his last high school concert last night. The last piece was a mambo number that showcased the percussion section. People got a chance to see their musicianship, that they’re not just kids who hit things because they can’t play a real instrument.

There were four Northwood groups performing, followed by an orchestra from Mt. SAC. It was a long program and we decided to leave after the last high school group.

In the parking lot, a bus driver standing next to his vehicle asked us in an Eastern European accent, “Is the concert over?”

“No,” I said. “There’s one more group.”

“The college!” he said.


“I brought them!” he said proudly. “You not going to listen to them? They good!”

He was almost beside himself with disbelief.

“Yeah, no,” I said, “but thanks for making us feel bad about ourselves.”


26 May 2011 /

My kid plays his last high school hockey game(s) tonight — semis at 7, finals (maybe) around 9.