Finding Me Again and How Distance Helped me Grow 1
It is Time
This is the first time that I have talked about my daughter going to college. You see she didn’t just go to college like most kids do. She went to college 4300 miles away from home. The time zone was either 4 hours or 5 hours difference behind the central time zone where we were. This all was dependent on the time of the year. The only way to get to school was by airplane. My daughter attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The location is on the island of Oahu.
It Was Different
Don’t get me wrong. I realize that all parents go through a transition when their kids go to college. Vividly I recall the families of her friends being sad that their children were not around. Seriously, I sympathized with every one of them. People say sending children off to college is a passage for them and I get that. It was the same thing when I went away. But all these friends made trips to Fall Family Football games. My daughter’s school did not have that. Some of my friends still were sad, so I told them to get in the car and see their kids. I didn’t have that same option. Strike that… I had an option, but I was 10 hours away on a flight when I could get on a flight.
I went with my daughter during “move-in” and attended the “week of welcome” before classes started. There I was able to see the school and attend workshops with her. She was all set up in her residence hall. We had some fun. Then it was time to leave. I flew home by myself, and she stayed.
When I got home, I looked in the mirror and saw myself and saw a different person. An older person was looking back at me. Where did the time go? Where did I go? This was 4 years ago.
The start of my new series is now. Finding Me Again and How Distance Helped me Grow.
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