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Old 08-25-2012, 08:00 AM   #361
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So, the texts starting before we got off campus yesterday. I had the phone ringer really quiet so I wasn't tempted when driving home. They went something like this...
Mom, where's my laundry bag Jackie got me??? (probably weren't even off campus when this one came in)

Oh, never mind, found it. But where's my Brita water bottle? (2 mins later)

Then, later in the evening.....

Mom, I need diet Coke when you come tomorrow.

and then......

Oh, and an ethernet cable.
and then.........

And some camisoles...forgot to pack them.

then, finally, at 10:30????

Hey Mom..survived my first college shower!!


Too funny. But, she seems happy.
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:39 AM   #362
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So, the texts starting before we got off campus yesterday. I had the phone ringer really quiet so I wasn't tempted when driving home. They went something like this...
Mom, where's my laundry bag Jackie got me??? (probably weren't even off campus when this one came in)

Oh, never mind, found it. But where's my Brita water bottle? (2 mins later)

Then, later in the evening.....

Mom, I need diet Coke when you come tomorrow.

and then......

Oh, and an ethernet cable.
and then.........

And some camisoles...forgot to pack them.

then, finally, at 10:30????

Hey Mom..survived my first college shower!!


Too funny. But, she seems happy.

We weren't off campus last year (freshman last year) when DS sent his first text. We had a 2 hour drive home and it didn't fully hit me....the whole senior year was so emotional for me, but leaving him at school was also when our beloved cocker spaniel was in a crisis situation and we knew we would need to put him down..one last ditch effort from the vet but the next day was when he crossed rainbow bridge. At any rate, DS did text more than I thought he would but, of course, not enough for me!
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:37 AM   #363
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I feel like a weird parent. I'm getting ready to bring my 3rd child to college and I have never shed a tear (and mind you I cry at TV commercials daily). I've always looked at as I'm dropping them into the next part of their lives that they are excited and happy to get to....

I've always been more excited for them to start the next part of their lives rather then sad that they are moving out of mine. Is there anybody else that doesn't cry or feel really sad?
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Old 08-25-2012, 01:02 PM   #364
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I've always been more excited for them to start the next part of their lives rather then sad that they are moving out of mine. Is there anybody else that doesn't cry or feel really sad?
I also find it more exciting than sad to see them move into the next phase of their lives. We raised both of boys to be independent. I am so proud of his accomplishments. He has had to overcome some challanges along the way but he never losses sight of his goals and always finds a way to get there.

I would like hear from him more often, but I know he is busy. He should actually have more time when classes start on Monday. Clearly he's not sitting around thinking about us - and he shouldn't be. He's having the time of his life. He will never have this type of freedom again.
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Old 08-25-2012, 01:39 PM   #365
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I've always been more excited for them to start the next part of their lives rather then sad that they are moving out of mine. Is there anybody else that doesn't cry or feel really sad?

I'm not a crier anyhow, but I didn't feel sad at all. DS took a year off after high school to work and so I'm just excited he finally got to go to school. I had a harder time sending the youngest DS to 2nd grade then I did taking big DS to college
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Old 08-26-2012, 10:38 PM   #366
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Just Skyped with DS (my first time skyping ever!). He looks great and sounds great. Had lots of fun camping - they actually slept in tents (his first time ever!) although he did say one of his two tent-mates had to leave the tent after the first night due to DS's snoring. He's making friends and enjoying himself and seems really happy.

He did say his roommate might end up coming 2nd semester. It'll be interesting to see if he can fit everything back onto his side of the room, if that happens.

Classes start for him tomorrow and I'm looking forward to hearing how it all goes.
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Old 08-27-2012, 07:39 AM   #367
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I feel like a weird parent. I'm getting ready to bring my 3rd child to college and I have never shed a tear (and mind you I cry at TV commercials daily). I've always looked at as I'm dropping them into the next part of their lives that they are excited and happy to get to....

I've always been more excited for them to start the next part of their lives rather then sad that they are moving out of mine. Is there anybody else that doesn't cry or feel really sad?
I'm usually a crier, but didn't shed a tear. Well, I did get teary when the kids were piped in by bagpipers for convocation...but I always tear up for bagpipes. So, pretty much made it through the weekend, tearless...surprising to me.
BUT....my dh just called to tell me a dear friend passed away, quite suddenly, this weekend. I couldn't stop crying!! I guess it's the timing....our dog had to be put down in July, my mother-in-law is dying of lung cancer (diagnosed in June and will most likely be gone in a week or two, based on current condition!!), the 'baby' is off at college, and this friend died!!! Now I'm crying...can't stop. I guess it was the straw that broke this camels back!!! Dear God...need to catch a break here!!!
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:44 AM   #368
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Ok Moved my Freshman in yesterday. He is in NYC and has a dorm "apartment" that is absolutely ginormous (is that a word). He limited the amount of stuff he brought because he was worried about space. I think I'm going to bring most of his stuff so that I can empty "his" the new guest room more....

He had a great first day except losing his blood glucose meter within the first 3 hours after we left. He was carrying it in a string bag that all the kids got; laid it down and someone picked it up....They made an announcement and he got his strips back but not the meter....oh well. His big sis rushed him a new meter from he apt in Chelsea....Glad we have back up in town.

He told her he was having a great orientation time despite the lost of his meter.
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:30 PM   #369
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I will say I do not think I have ever been this heartbroken in my life. When my oldest left I still had other children at home. When the last one goes.....Well, I am not handling this well at all. I was so excited with college visits, the acceptance letters, even packing and gathering the needed items. Somehow in all the fun, and prodding to get the applications done, I sort of forgot that I'd be left alone. My "job" for over 20 years suddenly ends. I am trying to keep busy to keep from crying. My days for all these years have revolved around children. Now, I find the day is really, really long.
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Old 08-27-2012, 07:47 PM   #370
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I will say I do not think I have ever been this heartbroken in my life. When my oldest left I still had other children at home. When the last one goes.....Well, I am not handling this well at all. I was so excited with college visits, the acceptance letters, even packing and gathering the needed items. Somehow in all the fun, and prodding to get the applications done, I sort of forgot that I'd be left alone. My "job" for over 20 years suddenly ends. I am trying to keep busy to keep from crying. My days for all these years have revolved around children. Now, I find the day is really, really long.

I just asked ds if I could go on his date tonight( he leaves wed) he laughed it off thankfully. But I'm not taking this so well. I'm trying to suck it up and I won't cry moving day because I don't want him to worry about me I want him to have fun. I know he is ready, but I'm not.
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:07 PM   #371
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I will say I do not think I have ever been this heartbroken in my life. When my oldest left I still had other children at home. When the last one goes.....Well, I am not handling this well at all. I was so excited with college visits, the acceptance letters, even packing and gathering the needed items. Somehow in all the fun, and prodding to get the applications done, I sort of forgot that I'd be left alone. My "job" for over 20 years suddenly ends. I am trying to keep busy to keep from crying. My days for all these years have revolved around children. Now, I find the day is really, really long.
I am right there with you. We are on week 3 and I feel worse every day. I know at some point it will get easier, but not so far. Ugh. I want to rewind the clock so bad.
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:27 PM   #372
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DS is home!!!! His college is closed for Tuesday and Wednesday (as are my younger 3's schools) because of Hurricane Isaac. There's a blessing in the storm!

He is doing great. We picked right back where he left off, asking for more snacks as he's out in his dorm.

Loving college-the academic part, the parties part and the student association.

It will be a nice visit the next 2 days even if we are having bad weather.

Then he's at school for 2 days (if they open) and back home for the holiday weekend.

I might actually be ready for him to leave this time!
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Old 08-29-2012, 11:29 PM   #373
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My son auditioned for his first college production last night and got callbacks for four roles including the leads. He (and his parents) are on pins and needles waiting to see what role, if any, he gets. He is excited and sounds good. I'm so pleased that he went right out and got involved in what he loves at his university.
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:23 AM   #374
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Done! Moved ds in yesterday. 10 hours in the car wasn't so terrible(yeah right)

His room was a pleasant surprise. He got a single in a suite. There were supposed to be 2 triples and 3 other singles in hi suite. Surprise they added 2 people. So the triples became quads, he had people asking if he wanted to switch!

He has a great window overlooking a park. And the room was bigger and brighter than I remembered.

We had wanted to have dinner with him but he wanted to go meet people, so we left. Got only one text so far that he misses us and had not met anyone great yet. But then didn't hear from him for the rest of the night so I guess he found some people.

I'm not sure on the overnight rules for guests because his girlfriend is itching to get up there. She doesn't leave for another 5 days.

But here goes. New chapter in all our lives! Good luck everyone.
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I feel like a weird parent. I'm getting ready to bring my 3rd child to college and I have never shed a tear (and mind you I cry at TV commercials daily). I've always looked at as I'm dropping them into the next part of their lives that they are excited and happy to get to....

I've always been more excited for them to start the next part of their lives rather then sad that they are moving out of mine. Is there anybody else that doesn't cry or feel really sad?
I didn't cry either, it was such an exciting day and I'm so happy for him. I absolutely loved college and I know he will, too.
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