College Bound…Again

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Here we are again, sending my kid off to college. This time it’s my baby girl.

Doron and I returned home last night after moving our daughter to her dorm at the University of Florida. We helped her settle in and did some shopping, and before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye. I thought that since I’d already gone through this once with my oldest son, it would be easier this time. Boy, was I wrong!

My daughter is certainly ready to leave home mentally and physically. I’m not at all worried about her. In fact, I’m sure she will thrive in college, being surrounded by like-minded people of her age, and with so many activities and possibilities for her to explore.

The problem is me. It was so hard for me to leave her alone in a new unfamiliar place, where she doesn’t know anyone. Luckily her roommate was there too, so she wasn’t totally alone and I was a little relieved. As soon as we hit the road back home, though, I already started missing her.

We have become very close in the past few years, and in a way, I feel that she is one of my closest friends. I miss her wit and her insightfulness about life. I miss watching TV with her, cuddling under the blanket and sipping hot chocolate, while sharing laughs and tears over cheesy shows and silly people. I miss her as my “beauty consultant” and my personal make-up artist. But most of all, I miss the little girl that she is no more.

As ironic as it seems, I got a glimpse of the little girl during the last two days, in college, when my daughter actually enjoyed letting me and Doron take her shopping and help her figure things out and make decisions. And I loved being there for her when she needed me, just as I’ve always loved cooking for her, taking her shopping, teaching her how to stand up for herself and be her best.

Thankfully, technology is so advanced that I can be in touch with my baby and even see her online on a daily basis, at least as long as she is ok with that. I know I need to let go, and I will. With time…

Go Gators!

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  1. Tamar Abrahami says:

    so cute!!!! love this

  2. Ah, dear Tali, it never gets easier, but with time, you get used to it! Best of luck to Tamar – I am sure she will enjoy college life and succeed in her studies.

    1. Thank you, dear Dolly, for your understanding and your kind words. Tamar is already having a good time so I feel better 🙂

      1. My pleasure, dear Tali! At least she is not that far, so you can visit. Years ago I sent one son to Boston, and he has decided to stay there, and there he lives with his family, then the other one went first to Pittsburgh, then to New York, Now my granddaughter is starting college in New York next week. Quite a distance from Miami Beach, all of it! But you’ll get used to it, as long as Tamar is happy.

        1. Wow, I couldn’t even send the kids to sleep -away camp…But yes, I will have to get used to the huge distance. Or I will end up following them 🙂

          1. Good luck to you and to them! Shabbat Shalom!

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