Friday, August 28, 2009

Alone Again

Josh is officially off to college. We left after school on Wednesday. I dropped my car off at the airport parking (since I'd be flying back.) Josh drove to Decatur and we got in around 10:30 p.m. On Thursday we left around 8:30 and got to the dorm around 1:30. Of course he was assigned to the 4th floor. We made five trips up and down the stairs to get all his stuff moved in. It was exhausting. After that we got his parking permit and then went to the business office to check on his financial aid. Luckily his final bill only came to $331. I paid the amount but told him he'd need to start saving money he earns in workstudy so he'll be able to pay the the bill next semester. We found out that they credited all the scholarship money he received from local scholarships on this semester rather than splitting it between the two. So after that we went to get his textbooks. Of course being late in getting them meant that he was pretty much stuck with new books which were more expensive. Josh spent $500 on just his books and we had to go to three different bookstores to get all of them.

After that we picked up my friend Kirsten and went to dinner at Chili's. From there we went to Walmart to get a few more things for his dorm room. Josh dropped us back at Kirsten's and he headed back to campus. He picked me up this morning at 7:30 and took me to the airport in Tyler. I flew home and got in around 3:00. I picked up my contacts, stopped at Target for a few things and then took a very brief nap.

So now I'm home and really alone for the first time in almost 19 years. I'm doing fine. I didn't cry after leaving him. He's already called me twice now. I'm waiting for him to add me on facebook (he promised once he left for college.) I'm sure it will seem quiet from time to time, but I'm glad he's in school and excited about where he is. I know he'll do fine.

Tonight I've got to work on a presentation for tomorrow. I'm presenting a technology session for an area speech meeting. I have to leave at 6:30 tomorrow morning. One of these days I really need to stop putting things off and waiting to get things done at the last minute. I suppose I thrive under pressure.

Well, I better quit blogging and get to work.


Summer said...

The first year my oldest son was away at school it was an 8 hour drive. And I cried.

Leann said...

I also cried when both my babies left the nest. I can never have too close.

abbagirl74 said...

I cried dropping off the kid to his first day of high school. It's not going to be easy in four years.