Son going to college in Frankfurt for a year. I'm going to miss him so much.

Jane - posted on 08/26/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is leaving in four days for a year, for his junior year in college in Frankfurt. I know I'm going to cry and he hates it when I cry, like bad hates it. I get really upset when I think about all the bad things that could happen to him, which I know probably won't. It's been pointed out to me that I should be happy he's not leaving for Iraq or Afghanistan in the military service or somewhere like that, but still I will miss him so much, even though I annoy him. He is our firstborn and was waited for and wanted for 9 long years. Any sage advice? We will probably go visit him in six months.

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Jane - posted on 08/27/2012

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Thanks! I LOVE the idea about the clock. Although with my husband's family there, I am counting often, and have a time zone on my phone and weather set for there. I don't know if we will be texting. He's going to be getting a phone there. But I do want to set up a time every week we can Skype. Especially with a 7-hr. time difference (ahead).



And it helps to know I am not alone, so thank you, Sharon, for answering my post! Let's talk again as time goes on.



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Sharon - posted on 08/26/2012

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I know how you feel. We have three kids and my middle child, my only son decided to spend his last two years of college in Honolulu, Hawaii. (We live in Chicago) We took a family vacation there and left him there less than a week ago. It is hard to believe that is an ocean away, (4000 miles) but when I see how happy and excited he is, it made it a little better. Even though I miss him, I realize that this is how it should be and this is necessary for him to grow up. There are times I do get very emotional. We are so fortunate in this day and age that we can communicate with our children almost immediately with Skype, texting etc. I worry too about things that could happen but you just pray that God keeps your children safe. It is hard, but ride it out and it will get better. ( I experienced it once with my older daughter who graduated from college this year) Get involved with some hobbies and activities and enjoy doing what you want to do. Talk with moms who are going through the same things you are. It helps to know you are not alone. You have something to look forward to, visiting him in 6 months. Since your son is going overseas and to a different time zone, may I make a suggestion that helped me. Since there is a 5 hour time difference between Chicago and Honolulu, I got tired of having to count back to make sure I wasn't calling or texting my son when he was asleep or at school or work so I bought an inexpensive wall clock and set it for Honolulu time. Best to you and your son!

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