I’m taking Alec to UCSB, University of California, Santa Barbara tomorrow.
It’s his first day of college and being away from home.
I’ve already been through saying “Goodbye” once, when Steve left. Perhaps it will be easier this time.
I am grateful that their one year in Belize, following an Internet high school program, actually helped their grade point average, allowing both sons to be accepted in some great colleges.
Do you have any thoughts or experience with saying “goodbye” to your kids?
Poor Josh, 15, will feel like an only child.
Sorry I won’t be posting or visiting until I return on Sunday.
In the meantime, I wish all my blogger friends a wonderful weekend, filled with family, friends and love.
Have a great time! My kids are only 6 and 8, so no tips from me… However, as you've done it once before, presumably you are a little more prepared than the first time?
I think it never gets any easier.
What a handsome boy by the way!
But with a good looking Mom like you are, that's not too surprising!
Hit 40 says
Leaving my boys at college will be tough!! I worry about them so much. And, I love to give them advice.
…. I guess make sure that you take kleenex? If you do not want to cry in front of him, take a bottle of water to sip. If you just take a drink, it keeps the tears from flowing. Little secret that always works. My friends have used this trick also. It works for them too.
Lady Glamis says
Oh good luck! I'll bet that's hard. can't even imagine. But I'm sure he'll be fine. 😀
Lauri Kubuitsile says
I had to face this problem sooner when my kids went off to boarding school for senior secondary. With my daughter (eldest) I cried the whole way home after dropping her. I was much better with my son. So I think it does get easier. University will be no problem. Next year my daughter wants to go to USA for her gap year- NOW that will be a test I'm not looking forward to! 🙁
Congrats on your son getting into a good school.
One of the harder things to do in life! I agree with Jientje. It doesn´t get easier!
Luckily your house is not "empty" yet…
my son is only 4, but it already makes me sad to think of him leaving home. I'm sure by the time he's 18 I will probably be ready for him to go!,
Wow, they start early at UCSB!
My tip is to do the job fast and get out of there. Leave something that says, "I love you", but not your presence. We snuck back into our sons room and put all his favorite foods in his fridge after we said good-bye but when he was not there. A gift card to Starbucks is always great for the college kids.
And don't call for a week. Let him call you. I promise he will.
We had to deal with those "goodbyes" earlier than some as both of our kids went to boarding high schools. That's not an easy thing to do.
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Kelli Nørgaard says
I leave Jess tomorrow in her new apartment in College Station so I can fly back to Denmark, so if there is any person on the planet who knows how you feel right now, that would be me…
no advice, other than bring tissues. :o)
OMG, no, I don't have experience in this (not YET!). I don't even want to think about it for a long, long time.
All my best to you and your kids!!
Lady Glamis says
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Oh, my heart aches for you! My oldest is only 10 and talks incessantly about "when he goes to college" and each time, I wonder how I'll do without him every day.
Congrats on all your handsome sons and all the fun time you and your youngest "buddy" will now have together!
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