Happy Sunday readers! It has been a while since I had a chatty & fun post. I have been really busy building up content on my blog. I decided that while travel blogging is wonderful, and I love going on trips, my heart still feels grounded in lifestyle blogging, and sharing all things daily life. So I am slowly transitioning *back* into lifestyle blogging. It is going to be a long and involved process, but thanks to some great gals, I know that I will make things work.
So what is going on? Well, we took oldest back to college this weekend. I am not quite sure why or how the Summer went by so fast, and it seemed like he just got home!
What is absolutely crazy is this is his junior year, and it still isn’t any easier on this Mom. The only way I can describe it is that it feels like a piece of your heart is ripped out. But in that missing piece, I realize he is getting the best possible education. And that is what matters.
It is comforting to know that I am not the only one out there that feels that way. And that is because I am part of a great online group of parents from my son’s university and I am part of an important parent group on campus. Some can’t understand why some parents get so upset. Some of the comments are pretty callous, and aren’t fair.
“Why are you upset? It’s only college” or “That is a silly way to feel” or “Don’t be stupid” Then there is my personal favorite: “You didn’t think they would be around forever, did you?”
I know when I share this with our parents in the group, they can share more dumb statements that people have said to them. I guess they think they are being funny or helpful, but they really aren’t. It hurts. A lot. And it certainly isn’t a joke or laughing matter.
And the people that make fun of the freshman parents? Don’t even get me started on that. So if any freshman parents are reading this, don’t let anyone belittle you for asking questions or feeling the way you do. But also understand, things are done for a reason, and while they don’t make sense now, you will find they will make your student into a wonderful and capable adult!
Now, as for us seasoned parents? Well, we can just chalk up the repeated questions to “too many things in our head” brain. At this point we shouldn’t have to hold their hands for them to figure out arrival, or laundry, or monitoring their meal plans. Trust in our parenting, our kids will figure things out on their own, I promise! But, be sure to tell them that us parents will always be a phone call away if they can’t figure out how to add money to their spending accounts!
Okay, enough of the heavy. One of the things I am doing to keep myself busy is to think(and countdown) to our next vacation. In hindsight, I probably should have scheduled our vacation now, so I could keep myself occupied. After all, this view keeps you engaged.
That was definitely an amazing vacation, and you can read more about Sandals Emerald Bay in this post.
Or perhaps another boat excursion to see the famous swimming pigs.
In any case, somewhere warm & pretty would definitely help. But, with that said, I have to add that we are very blessed that we live close enough that we can drive up, spend some time, and then drive home in the same day. There were many parents out there that do not have that luxury.
Now I need to start planning my Fall cleaning schedule. My house has been a, uh, bit of a mess lately, and I need to get a handle on that. We had a wonderful Summer, but not I am ready to enjoy some of the cooler Fall weather. And pumpkin spice lattes. And Fall decorations. And you definitely cannot forget the pretty fall leaves you can see when you travel during the Fall.
In any case, there are definitely things I can do to keep my mind occupied until our next visit to our son. And to make things doubly hard, our youngest is starting college this week as well. He is staying around home though, and going to our local community college. So he won’t totally be gone.
So this update turned out to be longer than I originally intended, as my Passport Sunday posts are supposed to be short, fun, and SEO-less. If you have kids going off to college this week, how are you coping with it? Would love to hear what you are doing, and how you feel about it!