Sunday, August 19, 2012

10 Things I've Noticed Since JG Went Off to College



10 Things I've Noticed Since My Son Went Off to College

I took my second oldest down to Florida last weekend, and there he will live until he earns his college degree (knock on wood and all that good stuff).  My emotions are a mix of 'oh my gosh, I miss him!' and 'I'm so happy he's moving in a positive direction...growing up to be a responsible young man who wants to move forward with his life.'

He bought me flowers on his high school graduation day. 

A whole new chapter of his life has opened.


That aside, I have already noticed ten things since he left...
 
 1.  The house stays cleaner, longer (even with a toddler in the house).
 2.  The grocery bill has gone waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down
 3.  His room is clean (I knew it would happen someday, hah!)
 4.  The yard doesn't get mowed on its own
 5.  No girls are calling here anymore
 6.  The house is quiet without music or TV running
 7.  My laundry has been cut in half (he worked at a job changing oil before he left...enough said)
 8.  The bathroom sink never has hair in it anymore
 9.  I don't get to talk to him whenever I want.
10.  I miss him every single day.

36 comments:

  1. You have a handsome son! I loved reading your post, because even though I'm not there yet, I know the time will come when my kids will leave the nest. It's good to read there are definitely some benefits to be expected, apart from the heartache…

    You might like Marie Bellets song 'Nothing to say'. It's about kids leaving home! Your post made me think of this song. There's even a video, you can listen to it at http://www.mariebellet.com.

    Tell me what you thought of it?!

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    1. It's cute. I love the ending. <-- My thoughts exactly. :)

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  2. Your son looks like a heartthrob! :)
    At the end of the day, yes you do miss him. I guess we moms just can't help it.
    I'm sure he'll have fun in college- well, not too much fun, I hope!

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    1. Thanks, Pepper. He is a good looking young man, but even better, he's a really nice guy too. :) I'm really proud of him, for his ambition and drive, and I know he'll be successful no matter what he does, but this house is so not the same without him in it... I totally miss him around. There's a reason everyone says they grow up so fast... 'cuz it's true. :)

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  3. He looks like an AWESOME young man and I know you did an amazing job raising him. I wonder how I will feel, in 18 years, when my kids go off to uni!! Your list gives me a little to look forward to and a little to be sad about.

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    1. Or even more to appreciate while we're still lucky enough to have them at home. :)

      My second oldest leaving makes me miss my oldest too...and he's married now, lol. Bittersweet when they leave, and missing them never entirely goes away, but every age is a good one...there's always something completely unique to their age and wonderful going on.

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  4. What a roller coaster of emotions you must be feeling. I'm on the other end of the spectrum with my youngest starting kindergarten. Reading your list just brings a twinge of anxiety when they will leave.

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    1. Regina, my youngest is starting Kindergarten too (yep, we had him on purpose, lolol).

      Good luck to both our little ones. :)

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  5. The list was real fun in the beginning - I could imagine - then it got real sweet in the end :) Congratulations though. I'm sure you are so proud, even if you miss him.

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    1. You're right, I am proud of him, no matter what he does. I am very lucky to have four really wonderful kids.

      Thanks for stopping by, I loved the fast breakfast idea you posted on your blog today!

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  6. Ohhhhhh Rosey,
    My oldest heads to college Thursday -- GULP! I'm not ready! Though, a break in the food bill will be nice :) Isn't it nice to send them off knowing they're ready -- even if we miss them, they are becoming the independent adults we want them to be. Someday. Just maybe not today. :)
    Hugs!

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    1. It is nice, and like you said, I'm not ready, but he was ready...so it's okay. :)

      Best to you and yours! I hope the send off goes well.

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  7. Hi Rosey,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog so I could meet you! I'm your newest GFC friend.
    I love this post about your son and while I am not there yet with my oldest daughter starting 8th grade; I can feel your heart and thank you for sharing it with us.
    Have a great day.

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    1. I'm your newest GFC too, lol. Thanks for coming over. :)

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  8. I am still trying to get used to mine being in middle school, let alone college! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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    1. I have one in her last year of middle school...and I'm still unable to grasp that she'll be in high school (gulp) next year. :)

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  9. aww sweetie, this made me sad.....Here's a HUG. I remember when my only daughter moved out. You could here a pin drop in the house. xo

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    1. Thank you a ton. Hugs are always-always welcome. :)

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  10. Ahh Rosey, he is a wonderful young man. You are doing a great job mama.

    Yes it's true about that list.

    *HUGS*

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    1. Thank you! This is the young man I asked you put on your prayer list (just before he left for this journey). I'm very excited for him that the whole wide world is open to whatever it is he wants to do. I just miss him around here, you know. :)

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  11. Love this post because you actually wrote down your thoughts about your son moving out on his own... sad, but happy. :)

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    1. That's how I feel, Nancy. Sad he's not here everyday anymore, but happy for him that he'd doing what he wants to do. Thank you for stopping by. :)

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  12. Oh Rosey, he is definitely a handsome young man. No wonder the phone was ringing off the hook! ha! I already dread the day my oldest (now a junior) takes that leap but I know it's for her good.

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    1. It IS for their good...we do want them to be productive citizens, competent and able to make it on their own. It's just a lot harder to let go than I thought... I keep wanting to jump in and 'rescue' him from any potential stumbling blocks, or what have you, but I know he doesn't want to be 'rescued.' My young man is truly a young man. :)

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  13. Aww, what a sweet mom and son(for the flowers). I have 5 children and my oldest is 12, I know I will face the same someday 5 times over :(

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    1. It doesn't get easier, Tanya. When one leaves it makes you miss the one(s) before him/her who left all over again, lol.

      I know how lucky you are though...to have them home. And I'm lucky too. I really have awesome, awesome, awesome kids.

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  14. My heart squeezed when I read the last 2 on your list. I will now remember to cherish the last few years I have left before my oldest heads off to college.

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    1. Luckily it's easy for us to do. :)

      Your article on testosterone and epicness is a hoot!

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  15. My kids never got me flowers. Hmmm.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  16. The pros and the cons. I see the cons outweigh the pros.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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    1. Unfortunately they do. I hate him being so far away.

      Thanks for the visit, Sandee. :)

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  17. What an awesome post. I'm totally looking forward to lowering my grocery bill :)

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    1. Thanks Julie. I'd rather have him here and be paying for the groceries. ;)

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  18. Awwww sweet. You know what's sad? The days of girls calling where WE answer is over. I know you won't still have your TRAC phone by the time little man has girlfriends ;-) If anything his older siblings will look out for him. ;-)

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    1. I love my Trac phone. :) In fact, I just bought a new one because I thought mine broke, so now when it does eventually die, I have a backup, lolol

      You're right about the phone calls. Those days are long gone, but they were fun. ;)

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