By the time you read this, chances are we’ve finished moving our daughter Gracie into the dorm at Southern Nazarene University. Yesterday was an emotional day for me. At lunchtime I rode with my husband to pick up some equipment and grab a quick burger at the drive-thru. Somewhere between the two I had a good cry.
It’s not that this is a bad thing. College is good. We’re not moving her into jail or something. It’s just that, having done this seven times before, I know what’s ahead. Things change after they go to college. They’re never truly *home* again, they visit home temporarily. So it’s the end of a season of life, a final goodbye to childhood, and an adjustment in family dynamics back at home.
Gracie is the oldest of the last “set” of children at home. We had three sets: girl-boy-girl-boy, four boys, four girls. I meant to do that. 🙂 So something about the beginning of the end makes her departure especially emotional.
I meant to write a nice blog post about all of this but it’s a little too raw yet. Instead I’m sending you this little update and then going back to standing in line at the financial aid office, hanging curtains, and making trips to WalMart for stuff we forgot. Tonight is a parent dinner and candlelight ceremony on the campus mall, tomorrow parent seminars, and Sunday the dedication service and alumni luncheon. Then, at 2:00 on Sunday afternoon, it’s goodbye. To a lot of things. Many of you have been blog readers since Gracie was a middle schooler. She was about 10 years old when I began the blog, and she and I and the blog have all been through a lot of changes since then!
Thanks for listening….back to our regularly scheduled blog post next week. Meanwhile, have a really great weekend!