Today marks the day that the Crown Princess has officially completed her first year of college. The Norwegian and I are road tripping it up to The University of Never Never Land to move her out of her dorm and bring her home for the summer! I’m so giddy I can’t contain myself. My baby is coming home!
It’s been an interesting year of growth and challenges, accomplishments and even a few setbacks. But the final grade for the experience is an A+. She’s a different person than the girl I waved goodbye to last August. Of course, I love her because she’s my daughter, but I truly like the responsible young lady she’s become. She didn’t starve to death or wear dirty clothes without me there to make sure she was taken care of. 😉 I’m kidding, of course. Sort of. But she’s making it on her own. It reminds me of when she took those first few shaky steps as a toddler, and before I knew it, she was running.
Contrary to what I imagined, freshman year went fast. It gave true meaning to the saying, ‘The days are long, but the years are short.’ Honestly, last fall, when we drove off without her, I thought I’d never survive. I left my broken heart with her in her dorm room. However, in the months since then I managed to grow a new heart all my own. I hope that makes sense. She’s happy. I didn’t die. In fact, I’m loving the extra time I have for me.
Okay! Enough of the sentimental hooey. Let’s have a party! I’ve supplied the streamers, balloons and all-you-can-drink champagne. Since the Norwegian and I are on the road, I won’t be able to comment today, but I will read each and every post when I get home. If you’ll tell me about a difficult experience you thought you wouldn’t survive but ended up stronger in the end – or simply tell us what you’d like to bring to the party – I’ll give away a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card (winner’s choice) to one person who posts. Let’s get this party started!