A couple of weeks ago, we brought our daughter to Loyola University, New Orleans, to begin her freshman year in college. Before we left, friends asked me if I’d be okay. “Oh, for sure,” I said. I adore my kid but she’d been working my last nerve, as kids are wont to do before heading out the door. And while I’m a sensitive soul, I’m also pretty tough. “I’ve got a full life,” I told my friends. “I’ll be fine.” Their reaction?
Simply put, they were right, I was wrong. Dropping your kid off at college is HARD. I totally underestimated how emotional it is to say goodbye. To get on a plane without her. To come home to a house that’s quiet in a weird new way. To deal with this, I have become… Meme Mom.
I’m sharing college-drop-off-funny images like this:
And sentimental, teary ones like this:
And yes, when she doesn’t return our calls or texts, scold-y memes like this:
I’m not proud of who I’ve become. I hope my urge to image-share eventually fades away. Then again, this is a forever change. What was our daughter’s home is now a way station between semesters and eventually her own home. Our baby girl is becoming a young adult and moving on with her life. But for me…. Well, this last meme says it best:
Readers, do you have memories of going off to college or sending your kid off?