Listen. Do you hear it? It’s the collective sigh of relief and sadness from mothers all over the Midwest who have 20 somethings that have returned to college. Yes, we are just as happy to see them go as they are to return to their flocks. Finally, no more curfews, no more nagging. Here are some of the top statements I made this summer:
1. It’s time to get up. You don’t want to be late for work.
2. Do you know how much it costs to eat at Sushi House when we have food in the refrigerator?
3. I want this room picked up and all the dishes brought down to the sink now.
4. These clothes need to be on hangers and not strewn all over the floor.
5. You need to save your money for school if you expect to have any spending money this year.
6. It’s 12 o’clock and a work night for your father. That boy needs to go home now.
And yet, I would walk away and cringe slightly as I heard my own father’s voice in my ear. It might have been 30 years ago, but I do remember wondering what is his problem? And thinking, I wish he would relax and leave me alone. So, this post is for two people. Thanks Dad, you did a good job. You were right when you said that someday when you have your own children you will understand. I now do. And for my daughter, who I miss dearly, I love you. I just want you to be happy and safe. Now, time to hit the books and study.