Lessons for a College Mom :: Letting Go


I thought I'd repost this from last year, in honor of you moms that are sending 
your child off to college, for the very first time.

It's okay to let them go from your nest.
They will fly.
(I know this from experience!)




So, we took our daughter, Miss S, to the University last night.
It's her Sophomore year.
I miss her like I did last year when she went away for the first time.

Sure, the college is just across town, 1/2 an hour away,
but her room is empty.
Again.



She drives me crazy sometimes when she's home.
She sleeps in. Her room looks like a war zone.
She makes her own schedule that doesn't jive with mine.

She makes me laugh and learn with her wisdom and insight.
She sweetly encourages her sister. She puts her dishes in the dishwasher.
She embraces a hope for the future that inspires the socks off of me.





My sister sent me the YouTube video below--I had never seen it before.
But, oh! How beautiful it is!
Get some tissues and be blessed!!

I have had 18+ years to raise and train my daughter, yet it went by quickly.
I am proud of the woman that she has become, and I want her to fly!
I am letting go, so she can.






She'll take the painting in the hallway
The one she did in Jr. High
And that old lamp up in the attic,
She'll need some light to study by.


She's had 18 years to get ready for this day.
She should be past the tears, she cries some anyway.


Oh, oh, letting go.
There's nothing in the way now,
Oh letting go, there's room enough to fly.
And even though, she's spent her whole life waiting,
It's never easy letting go.


Mother sits down at the table.
So many things she'd like to do.
Spend more time out in the garden,
Now she can get those books read, too.


She's had 18 years to get ready for this day.
She should be past the tears, she cries some anyway.


Oh, oh, letting go.
There's nothing in the way now,
Oh letting go, there's room enough to fly.
And even though, she's spent her whole life waiting,
It's never easy letting go.


Oh, oh, letting go.
There's nothing in the way now,
Oh letting go, there's room enough to fly.
And even though, she's spent her whole life waiting,
It's never easy letting go.


~Suzy Bogguss








Jaime

14 comments:

  1. I remember this post and that song! I am letting go for the second year myself. It did get easier.

    Just NEVER easy.
    I miss her.

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  2. I'm letting go for the third time! It was much easier, sad but much easier!

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  3. Well, it was twelve years ago I put my son on a plane for Wisconsin (from Oregon). I cried buckets all the way home from the airport. The months until Christmas seemed to crawl by. Oh how hard it is to let our children go. BTW - he is now 30, married and lives 3 hours away. I still am sad when I visit or he does and we have to say goodbye. The heart does not know years - they are always our children no matter their age. My smart Mom once told me that and she was right! She has been gone 7 years now and I still miss her every day. You see, it works both ways. Bless you all.

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  4. Oh know it toooooooo well...I have four adult children that have flown the nest, and I still miss their footsteps and voices.

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  5. It is hard sending them off into the world. After my oldest graduated from college she went into the Peace Corps and is currently serving in Africa. I live for Skpye so we can stay connected. It is extremely hard not to worry all the time. My youngest is about to start her senior year in college. She was just home and I try to make all of her visits like a celebration. She left on Sunday and the house is all quite again. I do love my own time, but I do miss seeing them on a daily basis, hearing their footsteps and laughter.

    My best- Diane

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  6. O.M.G. I just read this today-- how timely, we moved my youngest into her dorm room today. She, too, is only a 1/2 hour away from home, but her room is empty for the first time.

    We are spending our first evening as true empty nesters, relaxing, watching TV and goofing off on our computers. I think we're just too tired to do anything else, it was a full day. And that's probably good, it numbs the emotions a bit.

    Thanks for sharing

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  7. Sending our oldest daughter off to college tomorrow. Have been crying buckets. Came across her ultrasound images and wondered we got from there to here? These life moments are so visceral!

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  8. Leslie I hope I remember this in four years. I just sent my older boy off to HS! He is loving it, and so happy to be a big little Man now LOL! Thanks for sharing again. Have a great weekend.

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  9. Well, my friend, Preston spent his first night at Carolina last night. I can't believe I have TWO in college now! Man, time flies, doesn't it?

    My husband reminds me that we didn't raise them to be kids--we raised them to be grown men. He's right, of course. But sometimes I want to sit and rock them and read "Caps for Sale" one more time!

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  10. Always so difficult, isn't it.
    I echo Prudence's sentiments...they're always our children and we miss our parents too. Which reminds me, I miss you, even though you're neither. <3
    Yes, would love to talk soon. You miss my laughter and I miss my laughter together with yours...more harmonious. ;)

    Love, T.
    P.S. Don't cry, sock monkey.

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  11. Ooooooooh. That's all I can muster.

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  12. So sweet! Just realized I have the same botanical print - actually a whole set of them. Funny!

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