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Leaving the Nest

January 16, 2016

bird taking flightBack in July, we had to do a really difficult thing – take our son to university back in Canada. He applied to university and was granted a scholarship. He seemed to be quite pleased about the schoolwork ahead of him as well as living in residence while his parents were on the other side of the planet.

When I tell people that my son is away studying in another country, I often get sympathy and pity, “Oh it must be so hard for you. How are you managing? You won’t see him until Christmas holidays? You must be so sad!”

Just between you and me, I’m not really sad. Don’t get me wrong; I love my kid! However, he is having a WONDERFUL time at university. His grades are excellent. He’s making lots of friends from diverse backgrounds. How can I be sad when I’m watching him grow into becoming a successful adult?

Maybe I would be more stressed if this were 20 years ago before the internet. Fortunately the marvels of modern technology (video conferencing, international text messaging, email and social media) allow us to keep in touch on an almost daily basis.

I can only smile when I get text messages like this:

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One Comment
  1. Sandra permalink
    January 18, 2016 16:36

    Sandra…Technology makes me so happy….that’s the reason I don’t miss my ” kids”….I can see them on facetime, have great conversations, and I know they’re doing well in UK!

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