When we dropped our son off at college his freshman year, my tears took me by surprise. Why was I crying? Wasn’t I excited that home schooling hadn’t wrecked his future like I’d feared? Wasn’t I happy he actually got into a great school with a generous scholarship?
Back home the first few weeks, tears often filled my eyes as I adjusted to our new normal with just three people around the table.
But by Christmas break, I thought I’d made it through the adjustment. Over dinner the night before my son returned to school, I bravely announced that I’d finally recovered from the empty nest syndrome. Yet just as the words, “I’m perfectly okay that you’re leaving tomorrow” came out of my mouth, I burst into tears! At the dinner table. Another mom moment in the annals of our family history that I’ll have to live down forever. [Read more…]