New beginning–same emotions

22 Aug

I remember. I remember my son’s first day of school, back home in Romania. On a sunny September morning I took his hand in mine and walked into the school’s yard. Walked among hundred of other students and their parents, all excited for the new beginning.

I remember his palm fitting in mine, holding tight and not ready to let go. I felt his nervousness and all I wanted was to hug him and take it some how from him and replace it with calm and love and reassurance that everything will be okay.

Today, twelve years later I am blessed to see him go off to college, his once again first day of school. A different kind of school—for bigger people—but the emotions pooling in my heart still the same as back then.

Before his first class this morning I met him for an ice tea at the bookstore on campus. Instead of holding hands we hugged (he gives the best hugs ever). Placing his chin atop my head he wrapped his long arms around me and squeezed.

“Hi, Mom,” he said with a smile.

“Hi, kiddo,” I replied. “Ready for your big day?”

“Ready and excited.”

We waited in line at Starbucks and made small talk. A cup of ice tea, and a hug later I saw him walk away from me, my heart so full of love and pride I’m surprised it didn’t explode.  

I said a silent prayer and sent him to conquer the world.

Go get them, Tiger!

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6 Responses to “New beginning–same emotions”

  1. booketta August 22, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    It’s great when you have those proud Momma moments. I wish your son well in his new college 🙂

  2. Mary Doherty August 22, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    That brought tears to my eyes. Remembering two children’s first day of school and last day of high school. This year both of their children started school and it was just as emotional for me. My two little grandchildren looking like big kids.

    • CameliaMironSkiba August 22, 2013 at 10:52 am #

      Mary, hon, is this not amazing how such moments mark us forever? Lots of love and blessings to you and yours. May you cherish and share many more such moments!

  3. Cindy C Bennett August 25, 2013 at 3:14 am #

    Cami, what a great post! Ugh, it’s so hard sending them off into the big, bad, world, no matter how old they are. And no matter how much your heart is bursting with pride at the time.

    • CameliaMironSkiba August 25, 2013 at 10:11 am #

      I know, right? You and I are in he same boat this year. I hope Lexcie’s experience will be filled with awesomeness! ❤

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