Tomorrow I will be picking up Megan to bring her home for Spring break from her first year of college at UW-Whitewater. Where in the world is this year going? It doesn’t seem so long ago since we tearfully moved her into her dorm back in September.
I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to that 2 1/2 hours in the car, just her and I. At Christmas break I barely saw her. Either I was so busy working, or she was off hanging around with her friends. We really haven’t had much quiet Mother/ Daughter time since I went to visit her myself when I had my Postal Training in August.
Even though we have had our moments of tension, I always took pride in the fact that she would come and talk to me (eventually) about things that were on her mind. I have missed that. We have had a few texting conversations about things, but it is not the same. Tomorrow is our chance to reconnect and a chance for me to find out what is really going on in her world.
I can tell she has changed quite a bit from that girl we left at school those months ago. College has been good for her. She has a set of friends and she is off doing things and going places that she should be doing. Hopefully she has been smart about the choices she has made. She has her feet firmly planted on the ground and has a good head on her shoulders so I am not too worried.
I never went away to college and hearing her stories and how crazy college life is makes me feel happy. Happy that she gets to experience all that, happy that it is helping her to become the independent woman that I was hoping for.
I know for the next week she will be busy seeing her friends and thinking about her plans for the summer. I told her to think about something special for the 2 of us to do while she is home. If we can’t get that time and I can only get that 2 1/2 hour car ride with her alone, I’m OK with that. We can cover a lot of ground in 2 1/2 hours. It will be just her and I and she might not realize it, but I will happily be in full out Mom mode. I’ve missed that…