Last of 3 is a senior in high school

Carolyn - posted on 11/28/2008 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Being a single mom, it is hard to imagine that in the next 6 months the last of three will be off to college. I've adjusted to the first two being gone, and since tis the season, all three are home now, but I know it will only be a few days and the house will be empty once again. I have mixed feelings, and am looking forward to one day being a grandmother. One of my fears, at this age is where will the kids live to raise their children. I am fearful it won't be close enough that I can continue to be part of their lives on a daily basis.

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Pam - posted on 01/22/2009

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Carolyn: Just take it one day at a time. Love them one day at a time. Everything will fall into place. Just remember whatever, where ever they may land, the important thing is that they are happy. You will always be part of their lives, no matter where they end up.

User - posted on 01/22/2009

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I'm going thru the same. Youngest of 5 just turned 18 yesterday and off to college in the fall!! He hates it ..but I kiss him all the time and am having a hard time thinking of him leaving...I do have grandchildren..they totally brighten my day..But I'm kind of afraid of a totally empty nest!!

Pam - posted on 12/02/2008

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I guess that I have to accept that she has her life. She keeps telling me that now it is time for me to "get a life". But she doesn't realize she is my life. I know she worries about me. I do get really lonely. Especially with the wedding just behind us. I keep looking at the pictures and just can believe it.

Pam - posted on 12/02/2008

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My daughter is extremely close with my parents. Her grandparents on the other side have passed. She spends alot of time with them. More than with me because she lives closer. So I get the "leftovers" of her...I really miss her. It just the strangest thing. Everyone keeps telling me she is only 15 or so miles away, but it seems like 1500.

Carolyn - posted on 12/02/2008

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We live in Pennsylvania (Nice tortilla) and his dad moved to Seattle. I forsee him being the one of three to be that one that moves away. My brother moved from here to Georgia, and my cousin moved from her to Florida. I see how it affects my mom and aunt not seeing their grandchildren very often. They have a much closer bond to me, and I often feel sorry for the grands that live downsouth, because they are missing out on all that love and attention a grandmother has to offer, especially during the holiday seasons.

Pam - posted on 12/02/2008

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Ha, that "thing" on my face is from our family camping trip. We called it "Wilson". It was a burnt tortilla that no one wanted. So, I put a face on it and held it over mine. I guess I was feeling like the movie castaway that day. I don't know what I would do if my daughter would move away. Her biological dad hasn't been in her life for a very long time. And we do not have any communication with each other. There is always one that up and moves. My husband was the one in his family. He left from Washington State to here California. I don't think his parents ever got over it. His mom is 83 and she still talks about the day he left.

Carolyn - posted on 12/02/2008

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Thanks Pam, and what is that picture? Just had to ask. I know they will need me, and look forward to getting those "can you watch the kids calls" My oldest son is getting ready to graduate in May, and all he keeps talking about is moving away someplace, and he will, that's his personality and choice. I asked him if he could please stay on the east coast so I can at least drive to see my family. I know I'm thinking to far into it, but his father moved to Seattle when he was about 7 and they have lost all communication. His dad still calls me to check on them, but has not been in their lives. I scared he inherited the "FLIGHT" gene.

Pam - posted on 12/01/2008

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I do know it is a hard time, and all you can do is hope that you have given your children the proper tools to make it out there it this world. It is hard and don't try to push it off as it isn't. Try to keep close with them. They will need you, they will always need you.

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