The Drop Off

 

I have raised 3 children, and in that process, I have “dropped them off” literally thousands of times.  Just to name a few –  I have dropped them off at pre-school, elementary school, middle and high school; I have dropped them off at soccer practice; I have dropped them off at basketball practice; I have dropped them off at archery practice; I have dropped them off at ice hockey practice; I have dropped them off at art camp, summer camp and computer camp; I have dropped them off at play dates and sleep overs; I have dropped them off at innumerable birthday parties;  I have dropped them off at guitar lessons, piano lesson and drum lessons;  I have dropped them off at girl scouts; I have dropped them off at boy scouts;  I have dropped them off at tennis lessons, tennis tournaments, and tennis tryouts; I have dropped them off at school dances;   I have dropped them off at the movies, concerts and the mall………….

Now I am doing the final drop off – the college drop off.   For every drop off, I have been there to pick them up.  But this last drop off –  there is no pick up, and I constantly have this feeling that I am forgetting to do something.  “Shoot, I forgot to pick up …… oh, that’s right, he’s at college.”   It is the never-ending feeling of the incomplete drop off.  I tell myself that, as is with all things in child-rearing, this too shall pass and it will eventually sink in that it is not my job anymore to pick them up.  Now that job belongs to Uber!

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