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Old 08-25-2019, 04:04 PM
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My oldest just left. Classes start tomorrow. He's only an hour away and will be coming back on the weekend to work, but I struggled not to cry. I know, silly right?


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Old 08-25-2019, 04:09 PM
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Of course not silly! (((hugs))) I feel like it got a lot easier for me. Of course, I have two others at home, so that helped. I dread two years from now when I may have none at home!

Or am I sort of looking forward to it? I don't know!
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Old 08-25-2019, 04:15 PM
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Uggh! I think I'd hate to be in your shoes. Every weekend you'll be ripping that bandaid off! On the other hand you'll see him every 5 days so then it's not too bad.

It's never easy letting our babies go. 5 minutes or 50 hours, It's not easy!

Hang in there!!!
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Old 08-25-2019, 04:22 PM
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As I'm trying to hold back tears when we came back in the house, my dd 14 peeks out the window blinds, looks at me, and says "Well, now I'm all you have left!" Girl.....I will fight you with that cast on.... and still lose.....
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Old 08-25-2019, 04:22 PM
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Awwwww. Those first few years are hard. You are lucky that your DS lives close by so he can visit often. Two of mine went a full day's drive away, and the last one went to the other coast.


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Old 08-25-2019, 04:30 PM
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I love your DD's sense of humor!

A few weeks after my DS left my DD announced she liked this only child thing! I of course burst into tears!
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Old 08-25-2019, 04:33 PM
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Sounds about right!
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Old 08-25-2019, 04:49 PM
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Once you can't claim them on taxes you wonder what it was all for.

Or is that just me?
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Old 08-25-2019, 04:56 PM
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will be coming back on the weekend to work
Well, my son was coming back on weekends to work for a while, only I had no clue! He never stopped to see us most of the time he did that. He went right back to school afterwards. Of course, we are a little closer to his school than an hour, but still!

And my daughter has the same idea about what's going to happen in another year. We'll see! Not sure if #2 will leave the nest next year or not.

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Once you can't claim them on taxes you wonder what it was all for.

Or is that just me?
Not just you-- what a rip-off that is!! And where did the child tax credit go?? I still have a child (imo) who I have to raise!
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Old 08-25-2019, 05:05 PM
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Its not silly at all! (((HUGS)))

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Old 08-25-2019, 05:20 PM
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He wont waste the gas driving back. His truck is expensive to fill up. He'll be sleeping here Fri and Sat nights after work and then going back to school Sunday after work. I should have some sightings of him. Maybe.
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Old 08-25-2019, 05:41 PM
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Your life as you've known it is changing. My youngest left 2 weeks ago and is 8 hours away. Our house is QUIET.
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Old 08-25-2019, 05:49 PM
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Not silly at all! I have one more year and then will be in your shoes. It's definitely going to be strange as they start moving out...
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Old 08-25-2019, 05:54 PM
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Not silly at all! Sending hugs my dear!!
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Old 08-25-2019, 05:58 PM
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I get it. We took our youngest to school on Saturday, 3 a d a half hours away. My house seems so empty. DH and I went grocery shopping today and had no idea what to get. We needed a lot less without a teenager in the house.
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Old 08-26-2019, 04:14 AM
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It’s not silly at all. Younger ds leaves next weekend for his junior year. I will still cry when he leaves. It doesn’t get easier. I like having him home.
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Old 08-26-2019, 05:32 AM
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Not silly. We love them. We miss them.

May I offer an unsolicited suggestion? Is there any chance he can get a job on campus or closer to his dorm? I worry about him missing out on “the college experience” if he’s never there on weekends.

College was a really fun time of growing and learning—and not just academically—for our family and I want everyone to have that experience.

None of my business, but..... Sorry if intrusive, Claire.

P.S. to all41: Yes, grocery shopping and cooking become a whole new world when the last child leaves.
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Old 08-26-2019, 09:02 AM
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He wont waste the gas driving back. His truck is expensive to fill up.
Ah, my kid only worked on Saturday (early in the morning and for most of the day) and he took the bus back and forth and it was just as easy to catch the bus straight back to campus from where he worked ... actually, easier than coming home.
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Old 08-26-2019, 01:19 PM
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(((Claire)))

If Angelina Jolie can have an ugly cry when dropping her son off to college, so can you.
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Old 08-26-2019, 04:49 PM
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His college is in a town with nothing but the college and not much else. The next town is small also and saturated with college kids looking for work. His friend found a job there after much looking for 10.00 an hour. He'll gross 200 a week if he's lucky.

My ds made $705.00 bring home working Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday day at his job here over the weekend. He's got school debt he's going to pay toward and just daily expenses so he's not willing to give that up. The "experience" is going to have to be getting an education.
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Old 08-26-2019, 05:05 PM
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Oh Claire, that sounds wonderful! I’m glad he has such an amazing job and I know from your posts over the years that he’s a very responsible young man. Soon he’ll be a very responsible educated young man. Thanks for not getting annoyed at me sticking my nose in. I’m excited for him!
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Old 08-26-2019, 06:45 PM
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I'm so not ready!! My oldest is a junior and started taking college classes this year. We have very real and serious talks about college plans. He really wants the Air Force Academy or Air Force ROTC. So now it isn't college that scares me it is his great big future ahead of him. I am so very proud of him but definitely not ready to let him go. Dang it now I'm gonna cry
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