Sam: "Mom, why do you always wait for me to get off the bus?"
Me: "Because I like seeing you get off the bus. And I like waiting for you."
Sam: "I don't want you to wait for me anymore."
Sam: "I want to come into the house all by myself. Like all the other kids do."
Me: Silence and a broken heart that it has started. Complete independence. I just wanted to cry.