My oldest daughter spent 5 years away at college also, including a semester in Japan, but when she was at URI, she came home way more often than my son ever did when he was there. And it was hard letting her leave the country, but it was something she wanted very much to do. We weren’t about to stand in her way, but watching her go through security at Logan the day she left, I was struck by how young and small she looked. But, she went and we all survived.
Even my age seems “normal”. When I was twenty or twenty-five, I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to turn fifty. Now fifty is a rapidly-dwindling dot in my rear view mirror, but it seems like what it’s supposed to be. My younger daughter is away at school now and my youngest son will be going away next year. Between school and work and friends, I find myself home alone more and more. But, it seems like it’s the way it’s supposed to be. I guess we just adapt as things change and I suppose that’s the way it’s meant to be. But, truth be told, I’m shocked at just how fast the good times have gone. Luckily, there are always more.