Yesterday marked the first day of classes for both of my college students.
Yeah. I am now the mother of not one, but ~ count ’em ~ TWO college students.
On the 18th of August, Hallie moved to the dorms at Otis College of Art and Design.
I still feel like I am finding my footing. Kaia has long schooldays 2 days/week, due to band practice, and then there will be football games or drill days on Fridays. I won’t be going to pick up anyone at the bus stop after school. If Hallie forgets something at home, it’s just a walk across campus ~ and it doesn’t involve me, anyway. I won’t be running anything to school, or meeting with teachers or administrators, or trying to figure out how to juggle the two back-to-school nights that always seem to fall on the same day ~ one over the hill, one in the Valley.
There’s only one kid to wake, one lunch to pack (yes, we still pack their lunches ~ I know some kids pack their own. Fight me), one homework progress to check. I’ve walked away from that one high school for the last time, forever.
I have all this time, and I need to figure out what to do with it.
But, really, enough about me.
This kid. Well, not really a kid, anymore. This whole entire grown up human. How did that even happen?
It’s like…one day you’re watching them play in the mud and sing with the Care Bears, and the next day they’re in college.
Seriously ~ didn’t you have pants on your head just a minute ago? But I know. I know it’s been years. Some of them have not been so easy, my sweet, and that breaks my heart, but here’s what I know: if you made it through that, whatever life throws at you now, you can handle. And, you know, if you can’t, call us. Because it’s not like we won’t help you now that you’re off at college.
I feel like, as you head to college I should have some advice, but, you know, I’ve always said, I am the Sergeant Schultz of Parenting: “I know NoThing!” That’s super helpful, I know.
I do know a few things about you.
You are and will always be worthy.
You are smarter than you think you are.
You are incredibly talented and creative.
You are kind.
You are capable.
You are compassionate.
You have a strong sense of what is right.
You are a good person.
You are brave.
You are strong.
You are resourceful.
You are witty and clever
You’re an excellent problem-solver.
When you were small, you used to hold my hands and climb all the way up to my shoulders, telling me you were “Little Squirrel Climbing Big Tree.”
I might not be such a big tree by comparison anymore, as you take flight, ~ because you’d have to be a flying squirrel, wouldn’t you? ~ but I hope you remember where your roots are. You’ll always have a tree to come home to, my Little Squirrel, no matter where your journey takes you.
I love you so very much, sweetheart.
Here’s to an excellent first year of college, and to the wonderful life it unfolds!