Monday, August 20, 2007

First Empty Nest Weekend

Lest this blog take on too much of a college theme, I’ll be brief. Saturday, We helped some Drury University students and parents with the move-in process. Husband had to cajole me a bit as I still hadn’t recovered from son’s move in down at Hendrix College earlier in the week. However, after the sweaty morning was over, I was glad to have helped.

Our local paper, The Springfield News Leader, had a nice story Sunday on the letting go process in which we parents are engaging ourselves. And I smile now as I remember some of the items I carried the other day as I noted the sometimes bewildered and worried faces of moms and dads. I wanted to reach out and give them a big hug and tell them the folks at Drury will be there for their daughters or sons. But to one mom, I seriously doubt that iron you sent with your son will ever make it out of the box just like half the stuff I packed for Scott.

Good luck, parents, as we whip out the scissors and cut those apron strings.


Sarge Charlie said...

You are doing good Mom..........

Sheila said...

Thanks. I've been busy and so has son. I have gotten several calls and will probably be fine until that one call where things are not going as smoothly as one would hope. That'll be the true test. But I have prepared myself to try to offer advice when it is asked for and not before. Man, that's hard.

Marion said...

Wow, you're doing so well, Sheila! You're aware of the pitfalls, and that's half the battle.

There's SO much acceptance in your voice...I can only think Son will benefit so enormously from your attitude. Way to go!

Sheila said...

Thanks, Marion, I'm trying and doing swell thanks to kind readers like you and sarge. It's a new role and that can be exciting too.

Miss Trashahassee said...

But to one mom, I seriously doubt that iron you sent with your son will ever make it out of the box just like half the stuff I packed for Scott.

Sheila, I swear I am gonna send you the repair bill from when I have to get my laptop repaired from rolling off the side of the bed laughing at your crazy self. It's not good on a laptop to jostle it around so much. You've just got to stop being so witty.

Seriously now. I'm so glad you're doing well with your son's big move and letting go, Momma. And what an unselfish gesture to offer assistance to the kids and parents at Drury, even while you were still feeling the effects from having gone through the same process yourself a short time beforehand.

Your family is very fortunate to have you.

Miss T

Sheila said...

Oh now Miss T,
Yeah. I'm getting used to College Boy being away but he has been calling enough to satisfy my curiousity. Funny, I was mailing a package to him yesterday with some books and an umbrella. The post office clerk knew it was a "care" package and said he and his wife were going through the same thing with their daughter. "My wife has it bad," he said. This package was absent any food and so I hope it gets opened.

I am fortunate to have my family.