Today I woke with Roger and Tigee on either side of me like guards. They didn’t want to get up and neither did I, but I wanted to leave this post before I leave the house. For me this is the day that all parents dread, but all parents work toward all of their lives. My youngest child is leaving home for college. She isn’t going very far away, just the community college some 100 miles up the road.
It isn’t far, but it is a milestone. It is one of those turning points in a book where you can’t go back. Yes you can move back home, but it isn’t the same kind of move back home. It is different independence and decision making. I have been watching her change, mostly in the past month and especially in the past week. She is still Paulina, but it is a different Paulina.
I kept myself from crying today by reciting: “This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24