Well, the oldest boy is off to college!
Just like my main character in Red, White and Blue Good-Bye, I hate good-byes. Especially the count-down days before hand. In dealing with this major transition, I lucked out – or wimped out, maybe – and went on vacation, leaving the boy with his father to oversee the last minute crazies. I took the other kiddos and joined the family I grew up with on a jaunt to beautiful Washington state. We swam and kayaked and built forts. Played Scrabble and ate ice cream religiously. We also fished and crabbed (as in catching them) and played Pokemon – or just sang songs about them. It was wonderful!
Then we met up with the boy and his father and helped him move in to his dorm. And still had to say good-bye. But at least I didn’t torture him the entire week before he left.
I know there will always be growing pains – on both sides – when a child leaves the nest, but I really do think the colleges do a better job of helping with that transition. At least this one does. And now we say prayers and cross fingers and wait to see what happens next.
Some of his friends said good-bye in their own special way.
I am not sure why the Saran Wrap but you can bet this will make it into a story!
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK