Talk about ties that bind. When does parenting stop? I think my belly button still aches at times. I feel the cord pull everytime Baggy Pants steps away. I wanna reel him in, just like one of our bass at the lake. I do believe being a parent never ceases. I am a rather intense person, which irritates my kid to no end. Maybe one day when he is blessed with his own brood, he will get it. The scary part is that I am 42 and just starting to grow up and become a proper functioning adult. He is only 19. I do believe I have much more pain and angst to look forward too. Hopefully there will be some joy sprinkled in the mix.