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Doug's Blog: 2 graduations, 2 weddings and an empty nest

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By Doug Walker – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It's been a whirlwind two weeks.  As I blogged earlier this year, my two daughters are graduating from college this year, and both are getting married. Here's the count so far. Two down and two to go. 

First, a quick trip to Starkville to watch my eldest graduate from vet school.  A truly stunning moment for a proud dad.  Then, a not so quick trip to Lexington, Kentucky to watch my youngest get her masters in public administration.  Another proud moment in my life. 

Now, we are less than two weeks away from marriage number one, this one for the eldest.  It's been harrowing to say the least. Photographers have to be paid. Florists have to be paid. The planner has to paid. The reception hall operators have to be paid. Everyone has a hand out. My hand is about to come off after reaching into my pocket everyday for the green that makes all this happen. 

But in two weeks, Tara embarks on a new journey in her life, and I hope that Lila and I have prepared her well. She and Craig have been together for almost seven years. They sometimes bicker like an old married couple, but they will do well. They are polar opposites, and that is usually a good thing. 

Following the late May wedding, we fast forward to late November when the youngest, Ashley, ties the knot. She and Mark make a cute couple, and really seem to love each other dearly.  Unfortunately, they will make their home in Indianapolis for the first few years, a long way from the coast. But it will be a new learning experience for them. And as the end of the year draws closer, again my hand will be reaching into my pocket for the green that ensures everything will happen. And again, I will give another daughter away. 

Lila and I will then truly be empty nesters. It will be a time for us to spend more time together, getting to know each other even better after spending more than a quarter century raising a family. It's a time I'm looking forward to, even as the two bedrooms upstairs are silent and empty. 

But that probably won't last too long. There are always grandchildren that may be coming to visit someday.

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