My husband, daughter, and I just got back from moving our son into college. I’ve been anticipating this day for so long that I am feeling a slew of mixed emotions. I feel very lucky that he is less than two hours away by car. I honestly can’t imagine the separation anxiety I would feel if he were far enough to require a flight.
Since he is on the soccer team at school, he participates in pre-season (even though he won’t be able to play because of his injury). Pre-season starts a full week before freshman orientation, which starts a full week before classes begin. The move in couldn’t have been easier. His roommate (also on the soccer team) was the only other student in his dorm. His room is the very first room on the first floor of his dorm. He was in and unpacked in a matter of twenty minutes (gotta love boys).
It became almost immediately apparent that his roommate was the last of three to go to college, and that Ben is the first of ours. We are total newbies when it comes to what to bring. His roommate had all the essentials, was very organized, and his parents even came up with the brilliant plan of adjusting the mattresses as high up as they would go, in order to fit everything (including fridge and microwave) under the beds. Genius!
We took Ben to an Asian restaurant in town, where I nagged him with enough last minute questions and instructions to make him ready to be rid of me. We drove back to the campus, dropped him back at his room, and left in time for him to go to his first soccer meeting.
I was giddily excited when we arrived on campus. I was strangely numb when we left. It felt like we were bringing him to camp for a week, not for the beginning of an entirely new chapter of his life. Shortly after we said our goodbyes, Ben texted my daughter to see if I was crying, to which she responded, “She’s weeping uncontrollably.” I wasn’t. Yet.
I didn’t start weeping until after we got home.
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