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Twelve days…

Twelve days left wondering if I have done enough.

Twelve days left questioning will she leave fully prepared and not forget to listen to the little whispers floating in the air.

Twelve days left pondering the hard moments and if we have moved past them enough for a solid bond to move us forward.

Twelve days left reflecting on the moments which fill my heart…

recalling her giggle as I pushed her higher and higher on the swing,

her squeal of excitement as training wheels came off and independence set in and

the moments she met her life long best friends, her sisters.

Twelve days left scurrying about attempting to fill voids left open.

Voids… these voids keep me up at night in a panic and sweat. The voids haunt me.
How can there be voids?

Twelve days left tucking her in at night as I have done every evening for 6,687 days.

Twelve short days left.

Twelve days left lingering over dishes, sitting at our usual spots, around our dinner table. Ten days until a spot is empty waiting for her return in November.

Twelve days left loving every little bit of her…
Loving her…
Holding her…
Laughing with her…
Smiling at her…
Wondering with her…

Twelve days left.

Twelve days left loving her presence near me, knowing she is here, at home…

But soon her new home will embrace her each night and give her silent tuck ins.

Her new home will listen to her secrets over the dinner dishes surrounded by love.

Her new home will fill voids she never even knew existed and learn over and over again about the woman she is becoming.

Her new home will have plenty of time for silent reflection as her mind opens up to all of the firsts she will encounter.

Her new home will be open to wondering and pondering all of her questions about life, love, the past, present and what the future holds.

But may she never question our love…

May our love, like the five matching bracelets we all share, never come to an end and be a constant reminder we are always connected to one another.

May our love withstand miles, the hard times and good times.

May our love and sweet memories continue to fill our souls.

May our love forever remain connected, never wavering.

May our love simply be, without words…
Just love.

Twelve days left to pass out more love and soak every moment in.

But this heart of mine knows one thing…

The last 6,687 days have flown by.

Twelve days left and then it’s her turn to fly as I continue to love…

a lifetime of love.

*Bracelets designed by a dear friend, who I met my first night of college…Designs By Lisha Suzanne

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