Our tribe of four is now officially down to three. My daughter moved out of our house for the first time a couple of weeks ago to venture into her college career. The only way to describe this major life event is bittersweet. On the one hand, I am exceedingly excited for her as the opportunity ahead is an amazing one that she will, no doubt, run with and make great things happen. She was one of only 100 students accepted into the direct admit nursing program as a freshman. This makes me one happy and proud mama. On the other hand, I am sad and lost. After moving her into the dorm, the first steps back into our home with her bedroom empty was difficult to say the least. The emotions I experienced were far harder than I had mentally prepared myself for. Not only is this special girl my daughter, she is my best friend. There was an aching emptiness inside that I wasn’t quite prepared for. It has been two weeks and most days I’m ok. There are hard days where I find myself upset and in tears. I’ve been told by other mothers that have paved this path that it does get easier as time passes.
Overall, our college girl is doing great, adjusting to college life with classes underway. Life change can be difficult but usually those difficult ones are the most rewarding. Off to new adventures.