Where to begin? These past two weeks have been a roller coaster of emotions for me. Dropping my middle daughter off at college has hit me hard. I know you are probably thinking you have another daughter already in college. And yes I do and it isn’t like I don’t miss her as well. But when we dropped her off at college, I had shoulder surgery the next day. So I didn’t have time to dwell on her being gone because I had to focus on my recovery.
Now that Mikaela has been gone a week, I find myself missing both of my girls. I even changed the lock screen on my phone to my 4 big kids, Maddie, Mikaela and their boyfriends Lex and Lyman. I am comforted that they are there together but that doesn’t make me miss them less.
And who would have thought that the one I buttheads with the most I would miss the most. I love all of my girls the same but the relationship I have with each one of them is different. Mikaela has always been a daddy’s girl. I do admit that I kind of felt cheated out of moving her to college as she went up the day before to spend time with Maddie and Gracie before her official move in date.
I can remember hanging pictures in Maddie’s dorm room, helping her hang up her clothes and even taking her shopping for snacks. But there was none of that with Mikaela. But that is Mikaela for you, she has always wanted to do things her own way and in her own time. I mean even at an early age, she was designing houses. She knew what she wanted to do with her life and she following her dream.
And let’s talk about how much Gracie and Allie miss her. OMG, they are totally lonely without Mikaela. And Allie was hit with a double whammy because she loves Mikaela’s boyfriend, Lyman.
So for those of you wishing the terrible twos or even wishing your kids would grow up, don’t be so quick to see it happen. Because before you know it they will be off on their own.