Well, it is officially official. All of my children are now back to school, including the oldest. I can now proudly proclaim, “My oldest child goes to college.”
We are fresh off the heels of returning from what was a 3-day trip to take my oldest daughter (‘Hipser’ as she calls herself) to what will be her home away from home for the next four years. It was a bittersweet moment—and a very nerve wrecking moment too—as this was my first time experiencing the “college life thing” from the parent perspective. And let’s face it: It was decades ago since I had lived on a college campus and gone through the processes of a traditional “move-in day”, so needless to say I felt like a fish out of water the entire time. Add to that the reality sinking in of the fact that my baby is about to be miles away from me, and you have a mother that was an emotional basket case!
However, I managed to get through it (I actually did not begin to cry until the wee hours of the morning of our departure to return home), and it was yet another accomplishment that I can proudly claim for myself.
Here are some memories from our journey:
The night before the big day: the Hipster having fun at the hotel
Our arrival on campus
First stop: orientation and check-in
The Hipster picking up her campus credentials
Arriving to the dorm room (and seeing there’s a lot of work to do to make it like home!)
The beginning phase of unpacking (she is comfortable in her new surroundings already!)
With the room setup partially completed, little brother works to get her new laptop ready to go.
I am not just proud of her embarking on this new journey, I am also proud of myself and my other children. In spite of the many worries I had about how everything would go, we all handled it like real troopers. It has not even been 24 hours that she has been away from us and we miss her already, but we know that if she ever needs us, we will be right here for her.
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