Saturday, August 28, 2010

She's Leaving Home (Bye Bye)

There were times when I never thought this day would get here and there were times when I thought this day was getting here way too fast.

Amanda is leaving for college today - or more accurately - I am dropping Amanda off at college in Massachusetts today with the help of my good friend Andrew who volunteered to pile her belongings into the back of his pick-up truck and deliver them to her new residence.  Andrew, bless his heart, knows I have a bad back that prevents me from going too overboard on hauling boxes, etc. and with Amanda moving into an actual house and not a dormitory, there are more boxes than one normally has when going off to college. As the song says, "I get by with a little help from my friends" and Andrew is indeed one of the best friends a gal could have.

Once his truck is unloaded, Andrew will wave good-bye as he heads back to Connecticut while I'll be sticking around Montserrat for lunch on the Beverly Common followed by Parents' Orientation.  At 2:00 all family and friends will bid their college freshmen farewell as the newly-minted frosh embark on the first part of their college adventures.  From the sounds of their Orientation Weekend, it's going to be a lot of fun in between all of the getting your bearings and making new friends and getting settled into your residence houses and familiarizing yourself with a new community.

I've got no doubt that Amanda will do just fine especially considering all the freshman will be planning, designing, and attending the "Second Night Semi-Strange Formal" on Sunday and Amanda has 'semi-strange' down to a science!  In spite of her nerves and trepidation, I think she'll find she fits right in as she realizes her dream of attending art college.  It's a big step but a step that I think she'll be successful at.

As for me, I've never sent a kid off to college before so this is all new territory for me.  I'm pretty sure that I'm going to be releasing a sigh or two of relief as I put Beverly in my rearview mirror but I also get the sneaky feeling that in spite of my protestations that it ain't gonna happen, I'll probably be wiping away a tear or two also.  The last few weeks have been incredibly stressful for both of us and even though I know for a fact I can use a break from the kid, I'm still going to miss her.  Just don't tell her I told you that as I've been telling her for the past few months that I've been counting down the days until she goes - I just never really said why.


  1. It will be exciting and sad, as and rite of passage should be to a parent!

    I love that they are having a "Second Night Semi-Strange Formal" on Sunday, and no, not just for the alliteration - it sounds like Amanda has found exactly the right place for her to spread her adult wings!

    PS. Don't forget to give me a call or message so I have an idea of when you're arriving in the big Town of Tewksbury! hahahaha!

  2. I never really went through any "moving out" drama with my girls, but my son, on the other hand, I remember it like it was yesterday as his sisters and I put him on the bus to Pittsburgh as he began his four-year tour with the US Army. Once I got him on the bus, I went directly to my car as I didn't really want him to see me as I cried when the bus pulled away. His sisters kind of ran along side the bus, waving to him till he got out of sight though but that was too much teary stuff then for me!

  3. How exciting for both of you!

  4. Anonymous2:58 PM EDT

    She's going to do great! I know it will be hard, but parenthood has been preparing you for this special day.

    You've been teaching Amanda how to fly up until now, and it's time for her to spread her wings. And what beautiful wings she has, Linda. She is someone really special.

  5. i know, i know, just wait until one of them gets married too! i know your son is married but the daughters? sigh...

    smiles, bee

  6. hey mommie, it's called growing up. Smile, life gets better.

  7. I remember the day we moved Rhiannon into college. Cheers and Tears.

    Its what she wanted and what I wanted...and like you I was a single mom struggling.

    I am proud of her....but way more proud of you Linda.

    A new chapter in life.....

  8. She may be leaving home but at least she's not meeting a man from the motor trade. She will return.

  9. Anonymous9:44 AM EDT

    She'll do fine. I remember how much fun it was to be away from home.

    And you can concentrate on Jamie...

    HUGS, Mom!

  10. I hope Amanda is enjoying her first weekend at college. It sounds really exciting. And you will do fine.

  11. Giid luck to Amanda. I think the 'semi-strange' evening will be a great introduction for her and she'll really enjoy it!

  12. It is a wonderful time in both your lives.

    Life is for living!

    enjoy it.

  13. It's a big change for both you and Amanda - I'm sure you'll both cope and enjoy the new phase. :)

  14. always late to the party, but I had to say that Amanda is amazing as are you. She will be fine and at last surrounded by peers who understand her a bit better than those in high school.

    I'll never forget my boo-hoo fest when we left Angela to start her freshman year at U.C. Davis (and REALLY can't wait for the festivities in June when she at last has that PhD in hand and is, after 10 years, no longer a student...that has been a long, strange trip indeed!).

    Of course you cried. Some of those tears were sentimental, but I suspect some are also related to pride in Amanda's accomplishments. Bask in those accomplishemnts, Mom! She did it!


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