Friday, May 24, 2013

Preparing for Goodbye

Wow! Has it really been since March that I last posted? How time flies. Here I have this amazing, wonderful new look & no new words to go with it. Boring!

It's been college visits & scholarship forms & FAFSA all over the place here. The Princess is heading off to college this fall. She chose Johnson & Wales University and will be majoring in Culinary Nutrition. Her goal right now is to help develop nutritious meals for bariatric patients (those who have had some type of gastric bypass or banding of some sort). We went for a visit and I have to say that the college is the perfect fit for her. She's going to be amazing I just know it. We've got to go back in July for an orientation and then she'll start in September.

I still haven't gotten to the point where I can say "Yep, she's goin' 6 1/2 hours away!" without tearing up. I've thought about what I will miss and I've tried to treasure those moments that I have now. I'll miss her coming down with her hair flying out like Roseanna-Roseanna Danna, mismatched socks & different colors on that will make your eyes scream. I'll miss the sound of her piano & her guitars. I'll miss her singing. I'll miss her & 'my adopted daughters' running around my house laughing & talking & talking & talking... I'll miss her movie, tv & commercial quotes at the dinner table. Her shout of "I'm comin' in Mom!" when I'm in the shower & she needs to use the mirror or sink. I want to enjoy those things now, because I really don't think she'll be back. Yes, for breaks & summers (if she's not interning someplace) but not to live here. I think she's going to go on to much bigger & better things.

The Lego King and I have been discussing things that he & I can do together since he'll be an only child for the first time in his life. I know that he'll miss his sister much more than he'd like to admit. We've talked about geocaching more, seeing movies, going for walks at the lake, checking out antique shops. What he's decided he'd most like to do is volunteer at our local Humane Society. We'd go down & help with the dogs & cats - socializing & cleaning up & playing & lots & lots of petting.

King Turd of Poop Mountain will miss his Princess too. He loves to tease her & make her 'redhead' come out. He's so excited that he's bought 2 t-shirts for himself and one for the Lego King plus 3 car decals - one for him, one for me & one for Nana-Next-Door (aka my mom). He brags about her to everyone he can. He cracks us up with his college talk.

My mother has decided already that she'll be depositing money into the Princess' checking account each month. This is her first grandchild to head off to college. She's excited too. She even went out & bought a computer. My mother!! You know, the one who refuses to have a cell phone because she doesn't want anyone to know where she is all the time. The one who can't figure out the remote for DISH Network. Yes, THAT one! SHE got a computer with a camera so she can Skype with her granddaughter. Crazy.

For now, I enjoy what I have. And I will be thankful for Skype & emails, texts & phone calls and the fact that we are only 6 1/2 hours away. Things that my mom didn't have when I was a foreign exchange student. We had snail mail and a 16+ hour flight. I will be thankful and I will not cry, I will not cry, I will not cry.

Bye! Love you! Have a good day, Dear!
Sue

1 comment:

  1. Get ready. I was the same way, filled with bittersweet feelings about my first girl going off to college. And then that first week without her came and I could not believe how full of grief I was. But within those first few weeks, I realized she was having fun and I didn't break like I thought I would. As hard as it is to let go, it is the best gift you can give them. And now, I have two that have left the nest, one still in college and that first girl has started her career in San Francisco. All is well. Just be prepared for that first week, but just remember, it will all be fine.

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