As scribed in the “Friggin’ Chaucer” post on the 24th of July, all good things really do come to an end, well, this time it’s personal. Our oldest daughter Taylor returns to the University of South Carolina later this afternoon to complete her senior year. ¶ This house, as you know, has been a whirlwind of activity the entire summer and Taylor is certainly credited with her fair share of it. Chaucer’s proverb may not be the most appropriate to our events today, in fact, looking at this with an optimistic point of view, today is really the dawn of new beginnings rather than an end to a summer vacation. ¶ The colors in the landscape out east are all starting to change, football is in the air, and the back to school commercials have inundated the airwaves – all culminating in one national event known as “back to school”. So back to school she goes this afternoon. ¶ Taylor and I shared the drive to school for the majority of her entire high school era. She applied and was accepted to Charleston’s School of the Arts which was located near my place of employment. The excuse “I missed the bus” was one she never had to offer up for being tardy. I enjoyed those thirty minutes in the car each morning, and again each afternoon recapping her happenings of the day. ¶ Today the calls from a campus as old as the Civil War itself are calling her name. ¶ Raising your children with a proper moral compass takes time, energy, and love. Sprinkling in a few experiences of our own has certainly helped shape this young lady into one we’re both extremely proud of. ¶ In eight months or so we’ll all be flying east to witness what we’ve all worked so very hard for; her graduation from college. ¶ The only question now is … will she be returning to California with us? Life is a puzzle and we’ve enjoyed putting this one together. Taylor – we wish you all the best in your final year as a Gamecock.