ForeCourt June 2018

June 2018

44 Cray Street, Cumberland, RI 02864


A New Chapter

in her internship that the organization offered her a job after graduation. After raising four kids, we’re watching the last one go out into the world. I’ll be honest — there’s some relief in getting to this stage. We did it! We brought up our kids, guided them, kept them safe, warm, and fed, and let go enough to allow them to reach and eventually grab onto their own identities and independence. There’s sadness, too. Since Lindsay has been working at Fore Court and lives at home, we get to see her quite a bit. Now that she’s graduating and starting her career, she’ll be building her own life. We’re excited to watch her take this step even as we feel a bit of sadness to be past this special chapter. That’s the journey of parenting, right? You raise them, you watch them grow, and at some point, you let go. You trust that you’ve done the best you can to prepare them for what lies ahead. Since they were born, Linda and I watched each step our kids took with joy, pride, and a little fear. We saw them begin to crawl, listened to them make tiny sounds that eventually turned into their first

On May 12, Linda and I reached a milestone as parents. We watched our youngest daughter, Lindsay, graduate from college. After sending four children through private schools and college, this is it. It’s the end of an era. The last tuition payment has been made, and we’re starting our next chapter as parents — one in which we watch from a distance. Throughout their childhoods, my children’s education has been a focal point in my life. Linda and I have always emphasized the importance of education and felt it was our duty as parents to encourage and support our kids through their studies. We saved and put money aside to support their dreams, and we couldn’t be more proud of what they’ve done with the opportunities we gave them. While attending college full time as a social work major, Lindsay lived at home with us and also worked part time at Fore Court. On top of that, she managed to find time for an internship with a local social work organization. Most days, she left home at 4:30 a.m., worked at the club until noon, went to school, worked with clients, and got home at 8 p.m. In fact, she did so well

words, watched as they stood on their own two feet. It hardly seems possible that all those little moments have already brought us here — to this incredible, bittersweet milestone of watching our youngest daughter walk across the stage in her cap and gown. Of course, I have the utmost confidence in Lindsay. She’s a hard worker, and she is going to find success in anything she pursues. And we’ll be there, cheering her on every step of the way. Have a happy Father’s Day, and soak in that time with your loved ones. It goes by a lot faster than you think. -Dave Morin

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