Fluttering Those Wings

These last few weeks seem to have been a non-stop frenzy of shopping, stocking up and getting everything  KT needs gathered up for college. In between all of this we’ve had to snatch whatever time she had leftover from hanging out with her friends just to savor our girl.  We haven’t much time left with the girl she is now.

Yesterday morning, I helped her load her camping gear, a suitcase and a big box of munchies into the trunk of  her friend’s car. I gave her a big hug, told her how much I loved her, and reminded her to check in once in a while.  KT’s friend looked at me in astonishment, “she only has to check in once in a while? My mom made me promise to check in morning and night!” I explained that morning and night would count as “once in while” because I really wanted her to check in at least every half hour!  Once again, I reminded them to be safe then I watched them drive away towards their Grand Adventure.  (Nope, I didn’t shed even one tear!)

For nearly a week the two girls will be on a road trip exploring the Oregon coast. Of course, my meticulous child is going with a completely planned route.  They know which campgrounds they’ll be staying out, the prefect trails to hike, what sights they’ll be seeing and where the wedding is.  (I have no idea who’s wedding…I just know there is one!)

Last night, I received a location and picture of their Home, Sweet Home


It just thrills a mother’s heart. (and really makes me wish I had insisted on them bringing a baseball bat!)

Tonight, when Shaun came home from work, he asked me if I had heard from KT at all.  He had texted her a few times thoughout the day and hadn’t heard back.  He was worried that something really bad had happened.  I knew that she was probably fine, but still…the seed of worry was planted.

It was getting late, so I sent a text message…then another…and another…then maybe another.  I was getting myself all worked up about how irresponsible she was being.  In my mind I was getting ready to start taking privileges away. If I didn’t hear from her soon it would be a looong time before she went on another road trip, she would lose cell phone privileges, she would…wait, I told myself, just wait a minute.

I realized I had forgotten something important.  Four days after KT came back from her road trip, she was leaving on another road trip. One that would change her life forever. She was leaving for college.

Of course KT finally checked in when they had settled in for the night.  She had had a wonderfully busy day and simply hadn’t thought of touching base with us.  (I guess we’re going to have to get used to that)  It finally dawned on me that this was it.  Those wings of independence that have been fluttering more and more frequently these last few months were ready to take off on their own. 

I know she will do fine… 

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9 Responses to Fluttering Those Wings

  1. Blond Duck says:

    I’m bracing myself for Labor Day–after that, things will be pure frenzy over here.

  2. Lynne says:

    Hard to believe that she is so soon going to be “on her own.” Where do the years go?

  3. Kathy Ariano says:

    It is soooo hard getting used to them being gone. We’ve waited for those calls, too, and it’s interesting how quickly our seeds of fear can grow rampantly!!!

  4. Deep breathing comes in handy. It’s so wonderful that you raised an adventurer.

  5. Bossy Betty says:

    What a bittersweet time for a Mommy, huh?

    How did those hiking shoes work out?

  6. Hi there! My children are still young so it’s hard for me to imagine them college age, although I know that time will be here before I know it ! Great post, by the way! I found your blog on the Picket Fence site and the title of your blog is similar to my blog title, “A Slice of Smith Life”. Cool! I casted a vote for your blog on the Picket Fence and I’m your newest follower! Come visit me at ” A Slice of Smith Life” and follow me back and cast a vote back too if you’d like. My blog is in the “Food” and “Teaching/Homeschooling” categories 🙂

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  7. Miss Rebecca says:

    That looks like a comfy place to stay! I think it is wonderful that they are ‘roughing it’ and hiking for their road trip.

    I know my mom just worries when I drive around town, She is going through ’empty nest syndrome’ as well, with my little sister at 18 moving out!

  8. Tylor says:

    Hopefully she won’t be like me and neglect to call home for weeks at a time during college.

  9. Amanda D says:

    I’ve been reading you for a couple of years and I can’t believe she is off to college all ready. I can’t imagine what you must be feeling! I love how adventurous she is. What a wonderful example you must have set.