Is it too much of a cliche to repeat "Time flies when you're having fun?"

It seems that just yesterday we embarked on our 1979-80 fund-raising campaign for Children's Hospital. And now, it's already over.

It's been a great learning experience for me, as well as a maturing process.

Before "For the Love of Children," my byline appeared sporadically at best. Now I've had the experience of a daily assignment, on deadline, as well as the satisfaction of helping direct more then $230,000 from generous District Liners into the free care fund for needy children at Children's Hospital.

And, of course, I got the invaluable benefit of doing all this under the watchful eye and patient direct of the original District Liner himself, Bill Gold. A more demanding, yet fair and helpful, professor for "nighttime classes in journalism" cannot be found.

So, next winter, I sure hope to see and hear from all of you who helped make this year's drive a success. We'll do even better, I know.

Until then, though, we still have some loose ends to tie up. This morning the pipeline gave its final gurgle for the season, yielding letters from 45 last-minute friends of the children. One District Liner came through with a personal check for $500. The total from these final 45 was $1,522.

Here's the gist of just a few of these final personal letters:

With a check for "This donation is given as a 'thank you' to a Georgetown University law professor who is helping make my first year in law school bearable."

With a check for