noun, col·lege often attributive \ˈkä-lij\
: a school in the U.S. that you go to after high school : a school that offers courses leading to a degree (such as a bachelor's degree or an associate's degree)
I have been somewhat absent from here lately due to the fact that I have been on a non-stop shopping marathon! This shopping extravaganza was done in preparation for getting my oldest daughter ready for college.
Needless to say, aside from generating a lot of shopping, this has also been the catalyst for a lot of reflection on my part.
It seems inevitable that we compare our children's experiences to our own. While I have to admit that I do not have a crystal clear recollection of getting ready for college, I do seem to recall that it was not anything like what happens today. I remember having a suitcase of clothes, some sheets and towels, toiletries and some school supplies. There were no microwaves or mini-fridges, no plastic storage options from the Container Store. But, such is modern life. Let's face it, if we had been able to have those things, we certainly would have wanted them.
The hardest part about sending a child to college is letting them go. I recall something my sister-in-law Ines said, "raising children is like flying a kite. You have to let out the string a little at a time in order for the kite to soar." Your children going off to college is just that, letting out the string.
The important thing is that now my daughter is happily ensconced in a wonderful school (thankfully not to far away) where she can pursue her education and hopefully discover her true self.
Have a fun day!