said the dog was for him but I think he got her to keep us company -- and that she did. She got all the love and attention that used to go to the 3 kids when they were home.
When my last one went away to university I was working and I also took up doing some painting again and things like that and joined a few activity clubs -- I think this helped.
When our DS left for college, I was a mess when it came time to say goodbye. That was okay because it was just our family in his dorm room at the time. He was excited, and I think he chalked my emotions up to my being "a girl." But this time I'm sending my baby, my DD off to school. She and I are very close, and our emotions run about the same very often. The other day she said to me, "Please don't be a mess when you get ready to leave, because if you are, then I will be too." What wonderful instruction from DD! And so, when the time comes, I will not cry and be a mess. I will pull all of my strength together and show her that college is a new beginning, and an adventure. After I leave.....then I will fall apart.
Even though it hurts, it is actually better when they don't call you. It means they are doing fine and making new friends!
It's tough leaving our kids at school. There is no gettng around it. Having gone through it once already, I thought it would be easier the second time around and it was, up to a certain point. Driving to school, setting up his room and leaving him were easier than the first time around. Knowing that he was so happy, had friends already and that the school was relatively close to home, made it easier than when we left our DD 4 years ago. However, it was just as difficult when we got home. I've been crying since late last night. I know he's happy and that helps trememdously, but I just miss him terribly. I'm dying to call him, but I won't. As someone said, no news is good news and so I'll wait for his call.