Barring graduate school — which I wouldn’t rule out — this weekend sees us shipping one last student off for one last year of college/university studies.
While I know he can’t wait, it’s been nice having him around for four months, even if my degree of influence seems to get increasingly limited with the passing years.
I’m not sure why exactly, but this particular weekend has got me feeling extra melancholy, or at least more than usual. I’m not sure if it’s about him and me in particular, or just an acute awareness of the passing of time. I know some of it also has to do with dreams — flights of fantasy, actually — of things I wish we could have done as a family this summer if circumstances were different. Anyway, for him, it’s back to school, and for us the house is just a little quieter.
But not completely quiet. If you’re reading this in Canada, and you know anyone who would be interested in taking on an Electrical Engineer in Training (EIT) for a semester or longer, please send us an email. For our other son, finding a second placement has been like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack.
To all the other parents navigating the highways this weekend to return daughters and sons to the dorm, I wish you the best and safe travel. Feel free to share your stories.