I am now the parent of two college boys. My older son, Nick (age 17), recently got started at New Tribes Bible Institute in Wisconsin. My younger son, Jared (age 16), started at the local Junior College (West Valley College). As a homeschooling mom, my job is done.
To settle Nick in, my hubby and I flew out to Waukesha, Wisconsin. I was a typical mom. I walked around campus taking a million pictures and making his new college friends pose for my camera. In restaurants, every waiter knew I was in Waukesha to settle my “amazing son in to school”; I would beam with pride and share my son’s story of how he wants to be a missionary (somehow, this got us some free drinks, desserts and fried cheese). The whole experience was exciting and fun. Because Nick had a lot to do at the college for orientation, the hubby and I enjoyed local restaurants and got to know the area a little better on our own. By the end of the weekend I was completely at peace leaving my son in this place.
My younger son started this week at the local Junior College. In the past, I have sometimes treated him like a little kid when he’s not. This summer, I clearly felt God giving me encouragement to let go of seeing Jared as the “baby” of the family and acknowledge that he’s a man, like his brother. I have started taking a step back from always helping him and speaking for him (yes, I would annoyingly answer his questions for him ~ I am not anymore). I have seen him step up to the challenge. He has had some obstacles in his first few days of school (like getting lost ~ and found ~ driving by himself to one of his classes, that is off campus), but he handled all the situations with grace. He is truly becoming independent and he’s showing me he’s very capable. This introvert has chosen to take a public speaking class. He says, “It’s an important skill”. I couldn’t be more proud of him.
Here are some pictures of the campus that Nick is at:
Here’s a picture of Jared the day he got his driver’s license:
Now for me to go out and find that job that will start my next phase in life…how exciting.