This countdown is getting serious. She leaves in One. Week.
What do you do the last week before your last child leaves for college?
It’s busy for her as she says goodbye to her friends, packs and cleans her
trash pit dumping zone room. Busy for me as I plan the send-off dinner, try to enjoy every minute with her without smothering her to death and cry. A lot.
In some ways, the anticipation has been worse than the actual event. At least it seems so now — ask me again next week after she leaves.
- My dining room is full of dorm and her room is full of boxes and suitcases.
- She’s excited about the challenge and ready to prepare for her future.
- Over the weekend I got to hear her share insights on faith that were deep, thoughtful and meaningful, which gives me such peace.
- Yes, it’s hard. Hard as crap. But my Daddy taught me that few worthwhile things are easy. So that means this is very worthwhile.
- I’ve got lots of exciting projects of my own to work on and that is going to be so much fun.
- I can’t wait to watch how she’s going to use her gifts, talents and passions to work for good in the world.
At this point, I’ve either prepared her for adulthood or I have failed, so, in a way, the pressure is off. Now I get to just enjoy her last week at home. And try not to cry. Much.