Kirk Franklin is an excited and emotional dad.
After learning that his 17-year-old daughter, Kennedy Elizabeth Franklin, was accepted into her college of
choice, the proud papa turned into a blubbering mess.
His “baby girl” is on her way to Baylor University in Waco, Texas, a private Christian university, ranked one of
the best national colleges by U.S. News & World Report.
Dad isn’t the only ecstatic one.
“I am officially a Baylor Bear” tweeted Kennedy, also calling Baylor her “dream school,” as congratulations
poured in from friends.
But Franklin isn’t ready to let go—something he made very clear in a February blog post aptly titled “The Fear of
Letting Go,” about searching out universities for his daughter.
“I see the passion in her eyes. The desire to fly and explore a new world. What I see in her eyes is night and day
from what I see in mine. In my eyes, time is standing still,” he wrote. “I want her to stay the little girl. I don’t want
her to grow up… and no longer need me, or love me.”
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