For the last two weeks, I have watched on Facebook as many of the teens I have known since they were barely potty trained, begin life on their own in a college dormitory. Pinterest and Target have made the dorm room experience post-worthy for sure, as the pictures make me want to redecorate my own home with cute bulletin boards and new throw pillows. I am excited for these sweet kids because I remember the exhilaration I had when I went off to college for the first time. And let’s be honest, college memories truly do last a lifetime. If my husband has to sit through my college bestie Karen and I, relive our adventures one more time, he may leave me.
Having college-ready kids comes with a feeling of accomplishment, as parents finally get to pat themselves on the back for all those nights of homework help and the carpooling that never ended. It is exciting for parents to see the babies that they nurtured making adult decisions. But I have also sat with a couple of mama’s who, after the excitement of the big move, have felt some of the emptiness that comes when one realizes this change is real. My friend Tammy shared that move in day was so busy and fun that she was able to hold it together. However, what really got her was when she began cleaning her house the next day, there was no toothpaste in her daughter’s sink and no clothes thrown everywhere. It was then that she lost it.