You know your child is going off to college when……
….you start saving small boxes for care packages.
….he’s on a countdown to graduation.
….credit card offers begin arriving in the mail. For him.
….you start picking up snacks for him to take to school. 3 months early.
….he prints his packing list. In March.
….his school album is finished. He can’t take it with him though. You won’t let him.
….you spend 30 minutes in the shower crying so that no one will notice.
….you don’t watch sad movies because it will only take one more to put you over the edge.
….the highlight of your day, filled with great anticipation, is watching the 2-hour finale of the Mentalist with your graduate. Ahhh, good times.
….you start pricing extra long sheets for his twin bed in the dorm.
…his dad plots how to pressure wash the crates HE took to college untold years ago and STILL has in his possession.
….you already have plans for the room he sleeps in (not the room he shares with his brother). A nice custom designed (on the cheap) scrapbook room. So you have someplace to creatively place all those depressing thoughts of what it will look like when he leaves.
….you are both bursting with pride and humbled by the young man standing on that stage.