Only 10 more days – 10 more days until I have to get in the car and drive my daughter to her new life as a college freshman.
I have been keeping myself busy getting her ready to go. It’s amazing how much stuff you need when you leave home. All that stuff you share with your sister that you now need for your own – blow dryer, straight iron, makeup, shoes, clothes, computer, etc. Tessa is very concerned that half her wardrobe is going to college!
I have a growing pile of “college stuff” in my bedroom – hoping it will all fit into the car.
I don’t know why this is so hard for me – Cali is not my first child to go off to college. I have sent two boys off to college. In addition, I have sent both boys off to foreign countries for two years as they served missions for our church. (That was HARD!) During those two years I only talked with them four times! (Christmas and Mother’s Day)
So you would think that the third time of sending a child off to college, only a few states away, would be easier. Especially since I can talk to her anytime I want, text message her, email her, leave her messages on her facebook wall, keep connected through our family blog and even see her via our computer webcam - but it’s not.
Maybe it’s because she is my first daughter to leave home.
Maybe it’s because it means that more than half of my children have now left home.
Maybe it’s because I know that things are never the same once they leave home.
Maybe it’s because I will now only have one child at home – for only 3 more years (don’t even get me started on that one!).
Maybe it’s because it makes me feel old.
Don’t get me wrong – I am so excited for her. She is going to my alma mater, my husband’s alma mater. She will be at the same school with both of her older brothers. She is going to have so much fun!
But I am going to miss her. I miss my whole family being together – eating together, playing together and yes, even arguing together.
As I was working at my computer the other day I looked out my back door and saw this little tree frog.
He was hanging on …
I feel a little bit like that frog – just hanging on.
I know I will survive this – I have before but tears still fill my eyes everytime I think about her leaving, they fill my eyes as I am writing this post.
In the hopes of easing my pain a bit we have planned a Girl’s Road Trip to take Cali to school. I am loading up my Suburban with woman I love – both of my daughters, my mother, my neighbor and friend Debbie and her daughter Hannah who has been best friends with Cali since they were four!
If nothing else I will have a lot of shoulders to cry on on the way home!
So for those of you who have been through this before too – any words of wisdom for me?