Who did you Raise?

martye and tammye11  It is an amazing time when a child graduates. The summer is so busy for the graduate as well as the parents. Especially the moms. There are a lot of things we have to buy, and get ready for this child to go off to college especially when they are going to be in a dorm.

What keeps us moms sane is the busyness of the summer. We don’t really have time to brood over the fact that not only is this child old enough to go to college, but it means we are older too.  We’re no longer that person who has young children. Where did the time go.

If we are lucky, we still have at least one child at home, so we will still be “mothers” and we will still be needed.  If this is the scenario it will play itself out and we will survive because we do have one at home. But if this is the last one leaving, even the busyness of summer won’t stave off those feelings for long. Oh, we will hopefully, be able to push back the tears and get everything ready–if we are lucky we won’t cry until we say goodby  and drive away leaving them at their new location–their dorm.

What I guess we have to remember, is that for everything there really is a time for everything. We have to also remember, that with life, is change, and that change keeps us moving forward in life.

So this summer, enjoy your graduate, spend as much time as you can with them. Go to movies, take walks, grab a coffee and chat. Get to know them as a young adult. What they think, what they want to do in life, and where they want to go. You will be so amazed at the person you’ve raised.

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About Susan Reichert

Editor-in-Chief of Southern Writers Magazine, a magazine for authors.We highlight and promote authors and their books. Married with four daughters. Live in the South. President of a Writers Group.
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