I have always believed that it's much better to rip a bandaid off quickly than to try to remove it slowly and prolong the pain. That was something that my dad taught me.
Unfortunately the last couple of weeks have felt a lot like slowly peeling off a bandaid. Today it's almost over though.
The last couple of weeks have been a flurry of activity with all the college preparations for my two kids. Both of them are going off to their first year of college, one a couple of hundred miles east of here and the other a couple of hundred miles west.
Today my son is on his own, in his own apartment, anxiously (or maybe not so anxiously) waiting for Tuesday when his classes start. He decided that he wanted to go and spend the weekend in his new place and I don't blame him one bit. The last little while has felt like a really long goodbye. He and his sister are twins and they have rarely ever been apart for long. I know it's hard enough for me watching them go, they are only 17, but I think that twins have a bond that transcends anything that I can share with them. I have sensed that they have both been a little depressed about this lately, and I'm glad that the deed is finally done.
His mother drove him away and I could physically see Sarah deflate a little bit as the car rounded the corner out of sight. Who is she going to fuss over now? She has spent her life acting like a mother hen to him.
On Monday I will be taking Sarah to Ottawa where she will begin her studies. She wanted to stay at home until the bitter end. Fortunately for her, she managed to get into residence, so really there is not terribly much for her to sort out once she gets there. Her kit is all prepared, she has her outfit and utensils, she has a place to stay and a meal program, so it's a rather simple affair for her.
I'll be honest, I have been dreading this for quite some time, but I'm glad that we're under way and that the inevitable has finally happened. Both of them have been very excited about moving to larger cities and both of them are fortunate to be studying the things they want to study.
The future looks very bright for both of them, and really, Thanksgiving isn't all that far away. They will be home for that. I hope.