Thursday, August 17, 2006
THE LAST BIRD LEAVES THE NEST
While it doesn't seem possible, Alex is leaving for college this week. On Friday, Kelly and I will drive her to Provo where she will start UVSC August 23rd. Where have the years gone? It seems like such a short while ago that I was in Fortuna giving birth to her. I remember Lee desperately wanting another boy and offering to trade her to the people in the next room who had just had a baby boy. Now he is driving her crazy with all his sentimental whining about her leaving. Who would have thought she would be the one he'd play Barbies with or he'd whine for years about her not sitting next to him in a pickup (she quit around the age of 8 and he's still whining about it)? He still remembers her hanging outside the bathroom door waiting for him to get out and the daily phone calls his secretary would get wanting to talk to him so they could plan what they were going to do when he got home from work.
Alex has been a joy. I don't think she even started being irritated with us until this year. She has been so mellow and easy to be around. She has made such good choices and never made us worry about what she was doing. I have loved our movies out, shopping trips, Trinity Lake times, and lunches together. I am so excited for her to move on and have so many different, new experiences but will miss her so much.
I know that as parents we raise and love our children so they feel confident and excited to move out and start their own lives. It is just so hard to be left behind.