Image taken by me, June 2011, Experimental Farm, Ottawa, Ontario
Today I said goodbye to an awesome lad that I've had the privilege of hanging out with for the last two and a half years. I had been hanging out with this fella pretty much every weekday, and watching him walk away to go home today was the best/worst feeling in the world. Letting go has always been hard for me - especially when my students get into my heart like this one has - but when I think back three summers ago when I first met him, and think about the lovely young boy he has turned into, I am just in awe. And it's all him. I gave him a push in a general direction, and he took it and made it happen.