Let them fly???
Friday, June 28, 2013
I was getting my hair done today and waiting for my pre-mature gray to be covered (This is what my hairdresser calls them so it is an official diagnosis!) A lady next to me told me that her daughter just graduated from the high school that my son attends. I asked where her daughter is going to college and she went into a rant about how sad that she is that her daughter is moving to the Middle East for school.
She said that her daughter was like her roommate, her partner, her best friend. She is a single mother and her other children are grown and have careers. She is devastated that her last baby is moving. I asked whether she was happy at all for her daughter and she said "no"!
While I realize that it will be difficult to see my kids leave the nest, I truly hope that I will be happy that my kids are learning to fly. Isn't that what parenthood is all about? Don't we have children so that they will go off and be happy? Do some people have children instead of just getting a roommate? Isn't that more expensive and way more work?
I'm at the stage where my mom-friends are starting to get seriously crazy about college planning. Every grade counts? Every extra-curricular activity counts. Getting into a good college is all consuming. I'm trying to enjoy the ride and focus on the fact that even if my kids don't go to Harvard (they aren't), that they will get into some college and that being happy and having a good life, now and in the future, are the most important things. This is quite difficult, but I'm trying. Day by day.
The crazy mom at the hair salon had no problem telling a complete stranger that she was not happy for her child. Her child may be trying to get as far away as possible from her, hence the school in the middle east!!!
Blogging friends, please remind me of this story in a few short years!