I never cried when she went off to daycare, or preschool, or Kindergarten. I didn't blink an eye when she moved on to Jr High School or High School. For me, it was always pure excitement at all the news things life had in store for her. HOWEVER, I most certainly cried good and ugly when she graduated back in May.
There's nothing bigger in a school career than the move from school at home to college. My little girl is a young lady now. I LOVE it and hate at the same time. I miss the snuggles like crazy and the times when she'd fall asleep on me. But I love the debates and laughs we have together. I love how people respond to her and tell me what a wonderful young woman she's become and how that's all because of great parenting. But I hate that I won't be seeing her on a regular basis. I actually said the words, "We have to coordinate our calendars so I know what holidays you'll be home. Oh, I don't think you'll be home for your birthday!" *Sighs*
Weird. Very weird.
And so I guess I'll have more time to myself now that I'll only have one daughter at home. On second thought, nope! I got to have eldest for three years, all by herself, when she was born. Now, I get to have youngest, who's entering high school this August, all to myself for the next four. I'm thrilled! But don't worry! I'm not a helicopter parent! I don't want to be her best friend, but if she wants to hang out with me, I won't say no. After all, these teenage years are so very formative.
Anyone else out there going through this kind of transition? Feel free to share with us!
Hugs and love,