Today's Wonder of the World is...My First Chickadee Is Leaving the Nest!
Exactly one week from today, we'll taking her off to college.
Can it be?
(Cue the music. Memories, light the corners of my mind... )
Stop, you! Don't run off, afraid of a little sappiness!
I've got questions, people! I need your advice.
But first allow me to ruminate just a sec.
(Ruminate is a funny word. Don't cows do that? And sorry if I'm a bit weirder than usual today. I'm trying my best not to hyperventilate. Not only is my sweet precious baby Sarah heading off to college, but Ben got his driver's license day before yesterday, and I'm seeing my life flash before my eyes!)
And here it goes, flashing again!
Just yesterday Sarah went from this little munchkin...
To this sweet girlie
To ma petite fille in France
To this smiley teenager back in the USA
To this graduate.
And now, in a mere week, she won't live with us anymore!
Not full time, anyway.
She's going to be fine. She really will. But how will I survive?
So people, I need to know two things. Pretty please with sugar and a cherry on top, be generous. Share your thoughts. And your sister's thoughts, and your neighbor down the street's thoughts. Why don't you just send out an email and send folks my way, because I'm trying to stay calm, but I've had a little too much coffee and the clock is ticking loudly in my ear, and a week from today is getting closer by the second!
Whew. I should find some chocolate.
(1) When you flew the coop and started your new life, what did you take with you that really came in handy and that a slightly frazzled mother wouldn't have thought of?
Here's some of what we have so far:
Loads of bed linens, because the girl loves a comfy bed. (Remember the only thing she would ask for Christmas last year was a good pillow.)
Plenty of plastic storage items.
A nifty laptop. And a mirror, so she can watch herself make A's.
A microwave. (Her roommate is bringing the mini-fridge. Which they will only use to store healthy food items and milk. And maybe juice.)
And a new pair of glasses that no one has ever sat on.
We still have to buy her one of these, because, thanks to her daddy, she has this crazy idea that some clothes need to be ironed occasionally.
(I don't usually have the iron set up in the kitchen/dining room, but I've been sewing the past few days, making bed skirts for her and her roomie to use for hiding all their plastic storage stuff. Yes, you can call me Betty Homemaker. Unless you peeked through my window and saw me wrestling with my sewing machine and then you tunneled into my brain and heard all those not so nice words I was saying inside my mind. Betty Homemaker doesn't do that. Or maybe she does.)
So that's question one. What does the girl need that I haven't already thought of? And while you're at it, do you have any other advice for Sarah for her freshman year? I told her I was going to ask you, and she's excited to see what you think.
Question Two: What am I going to do without my Sarah at home?
I really can't imagine it. I mean, I'm thrilled for her, really I am. She's about to enter one of the most exciting times in her life, and I can't wait to hear all about it.
But Sarah is my buddy. She understands me and I understand her. She is one person at our dinner table who puts her napkin on her lap without being reminded. And she laughs at my jokes and doesn't burp in public. (Unless it slips out by accident.) She reads what I write and tells me how wonderful it is, and she watches old movies with me and we talk about the clothes and the furniture. And she's just fun to be around.
I could go on and on, but for now, do any of you have coping techniques for moms of kids starting college?
I'm a busy person, and I won't be sitting around moon- faced, staring out the window. (Or who knows. Maybe I will.) But this child has lived with us for more than 18 years, so it's going to be an adjustment.
What can I do to help Sarah adjust?
What I can I do to help myself adjust?
I'm all ears!
And all heart. I'm taking it off my sleeve now and sending it with her on this pillow.
Thanks, y'all. You're the best.
I can't wait to hear your ideas!