Hi, Leslie Harris here, and when this weekend is over, I will be the mother of a college graduate.

It’s been a long time coming. My kiddo added an extra year to her college career, and at one point, I wasn’t sure I was ever going to see this day, but now that it’s here, I can’t quite believe it.

My younger kiddo just finished her freshman year of college, so in a few years, I really will be an empty nester. Now what?

I’ve started doing a few things to fill my time. I’m now working as a background extra on some of the TV shows that are shot in Chicago, and I’ve gotten very involved in dog and cat rescue work. But I feel like…there must be more. And I don’t know what that is.

I just got it. This is a graduation for me too. When I graduated from high school, I didn’t know what I was going to do, and I remember feeling terrified for the future. I don’t feel terrified now, but I do feel a little frustrated. I like working here at The River, but I only work one day a week unless I’m filling in for someone else.

So what’s next for me? Stay tuned…

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