Backyard Bar-B-Q Blues

Last night Aleta and I got to hang out with a bunch of parents we've known since our son was in kindergarten. We've had the privilege of knowing them through elementary school, middle school and high school. We've seen them after school, at cub scout meetings, little league, basketball games and Parent Teacher Club meetings. Now we were seeing them because we're all sending our son's off to college. Is there a single word for the emotional landscape of feeling both blessed and blue at the same time? If there is such a word please tell me what it is because that's what I'm feeling right now. I feel so blessed to have the ability to say that my son's childhood was a profound gift of goodness to me. I feel blue in saying goodbye to that season of his childhood. I think this is what we all felt as parents last night as we watched our sons, and their high school friends, laugh and joke around as they all awaited those next big steps in their lives. A new season in my life dawns, and the same God who has been faithful in the past will be faithful once more.