My trip out of my house was vastly different than my children's, thus far. My Dad and Mom were firm believers in kids leaving the nest as they became adults, 12 kids will do that for you. My departure, however, was a little more abrupt than some of my siblings.
When our daughter Molly left home it was our first experience with it. She left for the University at Buffalo, so she was close enough to come home when she needed to, but far enough away to assert her independence. She shared in the costs of her college, and in fact asserted her independence by refusing to let us reimburse her for her college books two years running, although that was part of our deal. She sure showed me.
Last week we took another step towards empty nesting by dropping our middle child, Dan, off at the same college Molly had started at. We were old pros at moving in, and admittedly he packed half of the stuff that Molly had packed, so we were able to bring it up in one trip.
|Andy from Toy Story preparing to put childish things behind|
" 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
You see, kids leaving home, for college or not, is a natural step. You have to have Faith that your lessons will guide them, you Hope that they stay out of trouble, and you Love them either way. We've one more to go, and I've got money that says Char gets a whole sentence out next time. Wanna bet?