Our son just drove off by himself for the first time and life will never be the same. Everything changes now. He just made a major step towards independence. Of course, that is the way it should be. And it will be more convenient. No more leaving at a warm home at 10:00 at night to go out into the cold to pick him up. No more leaving early in the morning to take him to school. But it is also sad, because it means less time spent with him. But we are so proud of him and we trust him. After all, parenting is all about letting go. From the time they come home from the hospital, it is a move towards independence. And that is just how it should be.