We taught him and prepared him as much as we could.
It is time, time to rip the band aide.
Time for his new chapter to begin.
We delayed as much as possible. We took him shopping, took him to breakfast and drove around the campus.
He is ready, I'm not 100% sure I am. I mean I know he is ready, so that helps. He has a good head on his shoulders. He is a smart kid & he makes me so proud, but even smart kids tend to lose their minds in college. I hope he doesn't totally lose it. Don't get me wrong, I want him to have fun. I want him to make mistakes, (just not mistakes that are TOO BIG!) I want him to experience life, I want him to remember EVERYTHING ends up on the internet, I want him to stay safe, I want him to call his mother!! I'm hate that he is going to be SO FAR away from us. It's not easy to get from Idaho to Rhode Island or vice versa. Thank goodness we have friends all over the world that I can call on if I need too. I also made sure the assistant dean of BSU remembers me. I left my mark at parent orientation. I mean did you expect anything less from me? Doesn't he look handsome in this picture? He is so grown up.
Time to say 'see you at Thanksgiving'.
It's so hard.
We drove up to his dorm, unloaded the last of his things and said goodbye in the parking lot. I hugged him first, I tried really hard not to sob and at least I didn't do it in front of him. When I knew I couldn't take anymore I kissed him on his cheek, squeezed his hand told him I loved him and walked away.
Then it was his dad's turn. I gave them their privacy. I'm not sure what transpired between them, but I do know that Hubby, my fierce, strong, amazing husband returned to the car with puffy red eyes (don't tell him I told you that!).
We drove away without speaking a word to each other, tears silently streaming down my face I looked back to make sure he got into his dorm, he gave us wave and disappeared......