As parents, there are events in our child’s life that are happy moments, that we are proud of and we celebrate.
Events like their first spoken word, or their first step. Or maybe it is their first goal in the kids’ soccer league, or their first medal in the youth swim meet. Or maybe it is their first piano recital or perhaps their first role in their school play.
Or perhaps it is your child’s first visit to the principal’s office. What? Oh my mistake! We defintely are not proud of that, and don’t celebrate that event.
However, there are also events in our child’s life that are supposed to be milestone, but somehow we are sad that that day has come.
One of those events is when they enter college. Especially when the university they are going to is more than a hundred miles away, and that means they are leaving home.
So the day that we are preparing for, and also dreading for, but know that it is coming, has come.
Our little girl is off to college! Where did time go?
As we sent her off to college the other day, I was having some difficulty bringing her stuff and things down the stairs to load in the car. It was not that her stuff was heavy, like her teddy bear. Or maybe a little bit, like her drawer. But it was more so that my heart was heavy. I can’t seem to let go.
We want her to stay home. Perhaps just to be with us for a little longer. But we also know that it is time. Time for her to pursue her chosen career. Time for her to follow her dreams. Time for her to go out there, and make her own mark in this world.
As I passed my daughter’s room this morning, something have drawn me to enter it. Perhaps I was hoping that she’s still there, sleeping in her bed. Perhaps I was wishing to find someone there that I would nudge out of bed, and tell her to go hop into the shower, for it is late. Perhaps I was just missing someone to greet good morning, and remind her that I love her.
We are definitely not washing our daughter’s bedsheet, pillow cases, and blanket. We will leave her bed as is, as she left it. Until she comes back home for a visit.
Yes, they all do have to leave the nest at some point. How far away is she? Another state? Rest assured, they all do come home, even if it’s to visit. Mine got married earlier this year. She has applied for her postgrad. This means, we don’t know where she will be come fall next year. We can only hope she will not be too far. Or, that she and her hubby will visit….
Congratulations to your daughter. Our daughter is not really that far away from home. But is still more than 100 miles away or about a couple of hours drive away.
Maybe she will miss her mother’s cooking every now and then.
Same feelings here when our son and daughter left for college, at present our daughter is here for the Christmas/semestral break after a successful first semester. She said that it is quite strange that it seems she is just visiting and that her home now is her dorm. Time has come and now they seems to be just visiting….. like how we visited our parents every now and then.
Empty nest syndrome? Though we have a few more years before our youngest leave for college. I guess it will not just empty room, but empty house after that.