I left my third and youngest child at college today. I left my oldest at college exactly ten years ago. You would think it gets easier but it doesn't. We're a normal family in that we drive each other crazy from time to time but we've been blessed with a happy home, filled with laughter and joy. We are closer than most families. It is hard. I miss her terribly already.
She is loving, smart, intuitive, has a really good sense of humor, she always made good choices in friends. I trust her implicitly because she gave me every reason to. She told me she wasn't going to miss me telling her to do her chores, which she rarely did without exhaustive efforts on my part to hold her accountable for doing them. (My most successful achievements as a mother are definitely not in this category!).
We do the best we can with what we've got. It is rarely perfect. When the day comes, in faith, we place our children in Christ's loving hands. We ask the Blessed Mother to watch over them. St. Michael. Their guardian angels. We praise God for the love, precious gifts and treasures bringing a life into this world have brought to us. We look forward to the changes and blessings that God will bring into each of our lives in the transitions.
Sometimes, there is a nanosecond of promise, hope and the change we can all believe in. :O)
Father, bless and protect all children who are leaving the comforts and securities of their friends, family and home. We ask this in the Name of Your Son and Our Lord, Jesus Christ.