Thursday, August 20, 2009

Move In Day

Today was move in day for my college bound daughter. For a few weeks she has been going through her things, deciding what she wants and needs to have with her during her Freshman year. Her move in time was scheduled for 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

We arrived at the university at 12:40. We pulled the truck into the line with other vehicles and inched our way up to a man standing with a clipboard. He asked for the student's name. He found my daughter on the list, wrote her name, room number, our arrival time and move in time table on a bright pink piece of paper that was to be displayed on the dashboard. We had 45 minutes to park the truck and shuttle all of my daughter's belongings into her room. There were upper class men with hand trucks and dollies helping students move (a clever way for them to check out all the new girls and get names and room numbers). We used their services (they could not accept tips). We were able to get all of my daughter's belongings moved in under the assigned time limit. The university had moving in down to a science.

We did not stay too long after moving in the belongings. I think my daughter was ready to settle herself in and start this new chapter of her life.

Thankfully there were no tears on either side as we said our goodbyes. Stiff upper lips all around.

That evening, as I was going to bed, I passed my daughter's bedroom. The door was open and the bed empty. It hit me again that she is now a college student and will be away from us more and more as she starts this new life chapter. I will miss having her here but am excited for her too.

I'll be starting a new chapter in my for three now.


  1. Oh. Jill.....You were so brave.

  2. This is Mom, I know how you feel, especially your first one to leave the nest. But each time another leaves it is like the first one all over again, you never get used to it, proud all the same.