<p>I've lost the thread where parents were posting about their experiences with dropping off their sons/daughters at college - so here's a loose posting about this.
We just arrived back today from taking our freshman son to ucla early for band camp. It's been tougher on us in some ways than we thought it would be. He's our only child, and although the kitties were waiting when we arrived home, it seems too quiet and empty. We had a good time at the school with him, waiting while he put his room together, then he wanted us to go with him to see where his classes will be. We parted at the band bbq, and I was able to remain cheerful and encouraging until we were a building away, then started crying. My H is also more emotional than I've seen before, except when pets have died! </p>
<p>I know this will all pass, and have gotten reassurance reading other parent's posts about their experiences, and how the first days and weeks are the hardest, but it improves. We are there, at the start. We were all close, spent a lot of time together at home, similar interests, so this will be quite an adjustment period.</p>
<p>He's emailed already to tell me about some things, and we had one phone call before we left LA, so I'm not worried about how he's doing, as I think he will be having a good time there. That's really what I think of to make myself feel better, that he is happy, and where he wants to be. Some other things that help are to think of the times we will get to visit, at parent's weekend, a football game, some music performances.</p>
<p>I'm glad to have a chance to write about this, and know other parents are going through the same thing. It's just so hard to be there for your child for 18 years, and then let them go suddenly, in one day, to be on their own. But I do have faith that he will do fine, and my husband and I will learn to accept this new part of our life.</p>