Monday, May 4, 2015

Return of the Vampire

I can't believe I will be catching a 5am flight tomorrow morning to Columbus, Ohio to pack up my college freshman for the summer. It seems like we just packed up all of his earthly belongings and drove him 12 hours from home to attend his dream school. But an entire academic year has passed. And what a learning experience it has been for our family of four to adjust to being a family of just three.

As I watch my friend's children graduate from high school this year and prepare to go off to the college of their choice it makes my heart so happy. I know first hand the hard work and dedication it takes as a family to get to that point. There are so many mixed emotions this time of year. Feelings of pride that your child is graduating, but also feelings of sadness that your young'un is leavin' the nest. How will they navigate that big world without you, or worse yet, what if they do and think they don't need you any more?No matter how many college preparedness books you read on the subject, nuthin' really prepares you for it like talking to your parenting mentors who have been there done that. I have a few mentors on stand by who have been extremely helpful in guiding me through this difficult transition.
When my son Conner (2nd from left making the "H") came home for spring break he brought three college friends with him who rarely get to go to the beach. That's one advantage of having an out of state room mate from North Cackalacky huh? Those kids had a great time and they will all be living within a few blocks of each other next year. Gotta love those life long friendships you make in college.

So, to any of you who are spending your last summer with your high school student, my words of wisdom are to enjoy them now while they are still human. College turns them into vampires. They stay up until the wee hours of the morning and roll out of bed about mid day. Eating habits become sporadic and they don't get motivated until dusk. So I will see y'all next week 'cause I'm in anti-vampire mode 'round these parts. I got me lots of garlic, some holy water, and I'm lettin' the sunshine in baby. If I'm lucky, maybe my college kid will show some signs of bein' human a few days this summer.



26 comments:

  1. OHMYGOSH...I love this post! You must be so proud. And I can really relate to this. My younger daughter will be heading to university in another city at the end of August. My older one is living on her own with her boyfriend. Soon, hubby and I will be all alone in the house for the majority of the time. It seems so surreal at times. Time flies. Have a safe flight and enjoy the time with your son. Even in vampire mode :)

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    1. I will have to ask you for advice when it comes time for us to be empty nesters. We still have a high school freshman at home.

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  2. How can you have such a big son? Are you a vampire, Debs?

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    1. I had him when I was 10 Dezzy. Nope, I've always been the early to bed, early to rise type even in college. I'm more the big and beefy werewolf type.

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  3. As a 31 year old guy with no kids, I think it's fair to say I will NOT be spending the summer with a high school student. Not unless I want a divorce and statutory rape charges. But I'm glad you get to spend some quality time with your kid. :)

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    1. Yes it's best to stay away from those high school kids. They can only get ya in trouble! And I just realized I'm old enough to be your mother.

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  4. I remember the vampire days, if I tried that now I'd probably end up more Frankenstein's monster lol

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    1. I never was the vampire type. They are just too pale for my liking.

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  5. Omg I cant even imagine my little Mushy in kindergarten let alone college.

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  6. Times flies. Hope you have a safe trip there and back

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  7. Isnt it crazy how fast time flies by. I know your son will love being at home closer to the beach. My mom never let me be a vampire. I had to work during the summers so no being a vampire for me.

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    1. Oh don't worry he will be working! Vampires still have to put gas in their car and have spending money.

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  8. Have a safe trip! I'll be chatting with you in two years when my oldest heads off to college.

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    1. That will be a switch. I always get my advice from you.

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  9. I was always a vampire. I was the sleepless child.
    Even when I was two.

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    1. I think it was because your mind was always working.

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  10. Bittersweet for sure. Safe ride to you.

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    1. Thank you. Hey great food in Columbus. You would love it!

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    2. What did you have? What was the best? What was the worst?

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  11. So true.
    Our eldest graduated from college last year and has a good job in Virginia Beach. One "off the payroll." Yay.
    Our second child takes her last exam today and will be a college senior in the Fall. I just spent $800 getting her car fixed. So, she's NOT off the payroll yet.
    That being said, I will be profoundly sad when she is.
    Time flies far too fast.

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  12. I liked the way you tell about your vampires:)
    Yes, parenting is not easy and being apart is for me very hard, but they have to learn to stand on their own feet.
    Enjoy while you can!

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  13. I'm not sure about their spelling and/or letter formation, but those young men are a handsome bunch. I would melt in tears if I was sending my kid off to college. Thus, it's a good thing I don't have a kid to send off to college. Better you than me. You're very caring and courageous to do the packing and unpacking thing, and to do whatever else it takes to be their loving mom, despite the heartaches.

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