Oh my goodness! Just dropped my son off at college this past week and surprisingly no tears! Yes…. I’m emotional… Yes.. I love him so much… but when I saw how happy he was, I couldn’t help but be happy for him! I couldn’t help but be at peace!
The first day… all the packing and organizing paid off…. but I was not prepared for having to lug dorm furniture out of the room and disassemble it in order to unroll the rug that had been delivered! I was a hot sweaty mess!
After several hours of moving stuff around, deliberating and lots of opinions about how his room should be arranged… He was ready to say goodbye to us! For our sake, it was good that we stayed a few days to enjoy the town, and meet with friends, however, I could see that he was totally ready to let us go…. in fact, we were hindering him from all the things he wanted to do with new friends!
I also know that it had to be easier letting him go to a school that was our alma mater! We were familiar… and he had grown up with the university. I knew this was HOME for him!
It’s been a long time preparing… from SAT and ACT prep… applications, decisions, graduation and learning how to be a parent of a college student. We’ve navigated Bed Bath and Beyond like any pro…. we’ve shopped, we’ve organized and now all that to let them go on and learn how to be “on their own” in what I remember to be the BEST days of my young adult life!
Cheers to all the moms and dads who left their first, second, third or even 6th kid at college! We did it….. and as much as we want them back…. and we love them… we pray that they find jobs and are self sufficient one day!
It’s a new normal we have to get used to but you know you’ve done well as a parent if they are thriving on their own. There’s so much for them to learn and experience for the first time. We did it too! Remember? ;-). Be happy and proud mom and dad!
Today is my sons “first day of school” and I only hope I get a phone call or maybe a photo! Gosh I miss him and think about him all day but I’m so excited for him. I hope if you just got your college student off successfully you’re celebrating your success and pat yourself on the back. A job well done!