We did it. We actually took my daughter to college 3 days ago...and we left her there. Yes, we got in the car and drove home - without her. I knew that day was coming, for what...18 years?
It still seemed surreal.
I remember the first day that I took her to preschool. She didn't cry, I did. She seemed so grown up and I marveled at how fast time had flown...little did I know.
Little did I know, that in a blink of an eye, we would be loading up cars with all the "essentials" of life and driving her hours away to start a new and exciting chapter of her life - on her own. Little did I know, that a smart, competent, sweet, beautiful young woman would take the place of my little girl so quickly.
We are so proud of her and feel she is ready for this step towards the real world, but I know my DH and I both can't quite believe it is time. She is ready, we are struggling a bit more. Moving her into her dorm room was such a strange up and down emotional experience. I was so proud to see what a great job she had done with decorating her room and planning it out (see her blog for how cute her room turned out: Tarleton West), I was relieved that it seems she had everything she needed, I was excited for her - knowing that so much fun lies ahead, ...but when it came time to walk her into the building that last time... I think it felt like a funeral. Both her Dad and I just didn't quite know how to do it. Grab on or let go? I love that she still grabbed for her Daddy's hand, because even though she is ready to fly she just wanted to make sure he was still there.
I won't lie, it was hard to give that last hug and walk out. I know it was hard for her as well.
Though, hearing the excitement and happiness in her voice every time I have talked to her since we dropped her off, makes it easier. She is involved in Rush this week, and though Rush can be stressful, she is enjoying herself and making so many new friends. Her classes start on Monday and she is getting excited about those as well. This morning she was going to find where each classroom is located so she can be prepared. She has had so much fun with her room-mates this week, shopping and exploring their new town.
Knowing she is happy makes it bearable. Knowing she is where she needs to be at this time in her life, makes me happy for her. Knowing she is coming home in a few weeks makes me happy!