03 May 2006

The End of an Era

Today I will finish my last paper of graduate school.
Essentially, I have been a student for 24 years.
Tomorrow I won't be a student anymore. I'll be a graduate.

Lots of things are bringing tears to my eyes recently, and I wonder what it is that is both thrilling and devastating about casting off this identity. A dinner with a friend, printing those last pages, packing away my Cardinals memorabilia. Each one has made me realize that this is the end.

Come May 16th I will load the truck and head away from this city. I don't know if I will ever be back.

But I'm leaving more than Atlanta behind.
I'm leaving an era.
A piece of my identity.
Exchanging it for a new one - one of a minister and an employee.

I wonder how I will feel that day.

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