Wow, I can’t believe it is that time again. September, Labour Day weekend… back to school. I remember when I was a kid and going back to school was great, but also, the end of summer. We got to see all of our school friends we hadn’t seen all summer, but now the weather was going to be getting cooler and then would come the snow. Meeting new friends and meeting our teachers for the new year was exciting but the fact that we had to put away our shorts, t-shirts, flip-flops and bathing suits for the cumbersome pants, sweaters, boots and big heavy warm coats. But of course the most important for all of us was the new challenge of the new school year of learning.
Now as a parent, I find it really hard to see that the years are going faster. Summer flies by like as if it didn’t even exist. My son is in College. College… where did the time go. I remember getting him ready for Kindergarten! Where do the years go? Going back to school when he was a boy consisted of new clothes, crayons, pencil crayons, a new back pack and new running shoes. Now the cost is astronomical. Back then he loved everything, now as a young adult he is very particular and we must be careful about that!
Driving, they don’t need us anymore. They have their own cars, they have their own ideas, they have there own dreams and needs. I am very fortunate that I am very much a part of his life. I am included but this year… I’m not needed to register for residence. Wow, I am going to be doing my own thing when he is checking in and moving in. He knows the drill now. They all do at that age. I am proud that I have brought up an independent, confident young human but I really would have liked to have had the years go by a bit slower! haha Not for him and all of us at their age. Growing up was exciting and wonderful.
Once College, University, or Trade School has been completed, off they go into the land of the working! Their careers are theirs. They will live somewhere they choose and you never know where that may be. For the most part, it will be governed by where they find a job or where they are posted. Letting go is hard! When he was very young, I called my Dad to ask… “How do I let him ride his bike to his friend’s house alone?” My Dad replied, “You just do.” “How do I let him use the car when he gets his license?”, again Dad replied “You just do, just like I did with you.” Change is good, change is healthy, just like growing up an leaving the comfort of your parents. I know I will always be in my son’s life, I am very happy about that.
Onward and upward! Until next time…