Meals for Friends Taking Kids to College
We've lived in our current home over 14 years, so I've basically watched the neighborhood kids grow up with my own children. I've loved getting to know them and watching them organize games like Gray Wolf or wiffle ball in the cul-de-sac. A few years ago, one of my son's dearest friends was one of the first on our street to head off to college. I was sad as his family pulled away to take him to school because we would miss having him around. I was feeling just a small piece of what his mom was feeling that day. I also realized how quickly my own children were growing and it wouldn't be long until my eldest finished high school.
I texted my friend and asked if I could bring her a meal for the day after they returned home from dropping her son off at college. I was so glad she said yes because I knew it would also give me a chance to see how she was doing and give her a quick hug. I don't even remember what I brought for dinner, but I remember it wasn't long until our eyes filled with tears as we talked. I could tell that she really appreciated the meal after their long, emotion-filled weekend that began a new stage for their family.
This week, I've watched my Facebook feed fill with photos of friends taking their kids to college. One friend wrote that her grandmother always used to tell her, "Honey, the days seem like they go by slow, but the years go by fast." One friend posted a photo of her hugging her daughter goodbye and I immediately got a lump in my throat. Another friend dropped her son off last Friday and his little brother has been heartbroken. Two of my friends wrote the exact same phrase with a dorm room photo - "Today I left a piece of my heart behind."
Goodbyes, even when they are for a good reason, are hard. Do you know anyone who is dropping off a child at college? I'm not sure it's the first occasion that comes to mind for taking a meal, but I'm certain it would be appreciated. If you don't have time to take a meal, even a baked treat, flowers, or a card would mean so much to a parent who is moving to a new stage.
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