Well, it happened, and we all survived! The nest is officially *empty* and I have to admit, I'm starting to enjoy it!
Two days ago we dropped off our *baby* at his new home away from home - UConn. It was very hard to believe the big day had actually arrived, but he was ready to move on to this next exciting phase of life. We got to the dorm at around noon on Friday, signed him in, parked and unpacked the car, and helped him set up his room. It didn't take very long to bring in all his gear since boys don't seem to bring as much baggage as girls do. Just a few shorts/tees/jeans and he was happy. No need for a whole new designer wardrobe, like his sister insisted upon! We met his roommate, who was setting up his side of the room with his parents and little sister. They all seemed very nice and excited to be sending their oldest child to college.
We stayed a while to help him make his bed, and set up his laptop and television. After that, we could tell that he was anxious for us to leave so he could meet his HS friends and attend some of the weekend's events. We kissed goodbye, I felt that lump in my throat, so I turned away quickly, and we were on our way.
We stopped on the way home at Stew Leonards, a great dairy/bakery/grocery store that is about halfway away from our home. it was very strange to be in this store, and no longer need to load up the cart with food. We bought a few salad items, and some prepared meals for two, sampling all the featured foods as we walked through the maze-like store.
The house felt empty when we returned, despite the baseball gloves and hats, and videogame controllers that were still strewn around the family room. I did get things straightened up and put away over the weekend, but it still feels like he's just out with his friends and will come home, as usual, at 11.
He's been texting us to let us know what he's been up to, what activities he's going to, who he's hanging out with. And a call here and there when he remembers something he forgot to bring. So far, so good. The true test will start tomorrow, when he goes to his first class at 8am!
As for us, I think we'll be OK too. It's a bit of a rough transition to such a quiet house, but we've been keeping busy with gardening, laundry, reading uninterrupted, dinner out, a movie, and golf for my hubby today. The next chapter of life begins!