My son’s last day on the job was today.

He’s been fired. At 12 years old.

Shaw Newspapers is combining Chronicle delivery routes with MidWeek routes and both publications will be delivered before 6 a.m., obviously not a kid-friendly schedule–and, oh yeah, the papers have to be picked up at the newspaper now.

We’ve delivered the MidWeek for a year and a half; with 150 drops, I’ve always helped some, though less and less as time has passed. He’s taller, faster and stronger now, seasoned by the relentlessness of the responsibility and two tough winters. He’ll probably miss the money most but I’ll miss the partnership. It has always felt like quality time.