|Ahhh.....college life! Toni and a few of her sorority sisters....ready for a night on the town....|
|Yes, this is the life my daughter has been used to......|
Soon, we will not be empty nesters.
How did that happen so fast?
Yes, 4 years have swooshed by.....soon I will the mother of a newly minted college graduate.
Yes, I'm proud of my girl and happy that the tuition bills are over....
Did I mention that I am having a wee bit of stress about the whole matter?
Yeah, I didn't think so.
I didn't want to burden you with that.
After all, I made such a ruckus when my daughter went off to college.....initially and then after each break.
I'll bet your are thinking that I'm head-over-heels excited about having my favorite girl home in her pink ruffly bed.
Not so fast.
It's a wee bit more complicated than that.
It's not that I'm NOT happy about it.
I'm thrilled about certain aspects of it.
But, I'm not so thrilled about other aspects of it.
It will be a very different dynamic.....now that 4 years have passed and she is no longer a student and we now that we have had a taste of not having to think about kids and schedules and well.....you know.
The other day when her and I were chatting, I was telling her about a winery tour we were planning to do in September. "What about me? Am I going?" she asked.
Hmmm. Um. NO.
It makes me wonder what's to come......
Is my adult child returning to the nest figuring we will pick up right where life left off 4 years ago?
Can we EVEN do that?
What a conundrum!
To be honest--I'm not even sure if we know how to deal with an adult child living with us.
I know for sure that I don't know how to deal with an adult child living with us.
Carmen has been reminding me constantly that I have to resist the urge to take her on shopping sprees just because and putting money in her checking account because she is running low on fun money and that I can't base our lives and our schedules on her life and her needs.
I hear him.
But, I am worried that I won't be able to adhere to those new rules.
To be honest.....I'm pretty sure I will break them.
I'm a rule breaker from way back.
In other news, I got an amazing outfit for commencement.
Let the perfect shoes hunt begin.
If nothing else, I'll look fab on the day that will mark the beginning of my decent into another parenting journey.....