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It's been about 2 weeks since we became the mom and aunt of a girl who
goes to college at Vanderbilt University. In Nashville. Nashville is
far, far away from Los Angeles. Far way in time zones, far away in
miles, far away in life style. And just damn far away when the kid you
love moves there and you are not there to spy on her, y'all. I mean to
be there when she gets home from school and ask how her day was. It is
just so hard when you lose your kids to sex, drugs, and rock and roll. I
mean when they go to college. I was trying to explain to my friend
whose kids are still young that it is a type of sadness you do not
expect. Of course we are so happy and proud and we want our kids
(Karen's kids) to experience all the wonderful things about life and at
the same time, it's just sad. Sad because time is passing, sad because
it is different, sad because it is scary, sad because we miss them, sad
because it makes us remember our lives at that age. And, its like every
single song on the radio is suddenly about a kid going away to college
across the country. Did Brandi Carlile's niece just leave for college,
too? I suddenly need to wear waterproof mascara all the time now.
The fun part of having our girl far away is starting to settle in as we
send care packages, have late night marathon text sessions, and plan
adventures. And, we have 2 years to convince Karen's son to chose a
school in the same state. We've learned our lesson. Spread your wings
and grow, but, uh close to home. We are Jewish mothers. There will be
no more leaving home. The first one out was lucky! No more of that!
How's everyone else dealing with their beloved kids/nieces/nephews/pool
boy suddenly being away at college? What's everyone emo eating?