...that after over 21 years of preparations for this day it is so hard to make it through?
Our baby (by 8 minutes..twins) is moving out tomorrow. She will only be 400 miles down the road, but she's moving out just the same...lock, stock, and barrel. She's arranged to live in an apartment with a roommate and continue her education (post graduate), and hopefully also find some work.
This is our last one out. The oldest moved accross the country to L.A. 2 1/2 years ago. While that was difficult we were still quite consumed at that time with the twins as they were between freshman and sophmore years in college and we were still quite involved with their lives. The older twin (attending college in Milwaukee) was setting up temporary housekeeping in Chicago and working a Summer internship. We had moved her in just prior to our oldest leaving for L.A.
We didn't realize it at the time, but the Chicago internship would keep the older twin in Chicago every Summer through-out her four years of school. She was, for all intents and purposes, moved out!
Our younger twin however came home every Summer for eight to ten weeks. Well, she graduated this past week with Highest Honors and is heading out into the world to see what she can do.
The older twin will graduate in May so we can still look foreward to helping her move into an apartment in Chicago, though she most likely won't need us..she didn't for her moves over the past two summers. So that's it. The house will be empty, and quiet, indefinately. One is 3000 miles away, one is 800 miles away and one is 400 miles away. Visits will be few and far between as travel is expensive.
We spent their entire lives preparing them for this big step, but we seem to have forgotten to prepare ourselves.