One of the gifts my oldest son gave me for Christmas this year was this candle. It seems like a simple gift, but it means so much to me. I love scented candles and frequently have one burning on my stove. I thought it was sweet and perceptive of him to notice. I've been enjoying the candle's warm French vanilla scent today and missing my son, who left last night to return to college. It was so nice to have him home for Christmas break. Our house seems a little emptier today. Tonight when we sit down to eat dinner, I'll miss seeing his face across the table. His college isn't that far away, but it's really not the distance that matters, I've decided. It's the fact that we have entered this new phase in our lives. It truly seems like yesterday that he was playing with Legos on the family room floor, and now he's a freshman in college. Time truly flies!