Boilermaker Blog

The Last Leaves


“Give mother a hug
Father a kiss
The time has come
We have talked about it
Many times before
But the time is now”
From the poem: Leaving Home by Janice Andrade

My youngest leaves for college next week- there is an uneasy feeling in the Reed household; especially with Mama Bear.
So I take stock of this new experience.
Good things when there are just two of you in the house:
Less trips to the grocery store
You now know for sure who left that empty water bottle on the table.
Three drivers, two cars; enough said.
No more TV set blaring ESPN with no one in the room.
The washing machine/ dish washer will no longer be constantly on.
Worrying about that late night/ early morning phone call when they aren’t home.
Bad things when there are just two of you in the house:
Who will be there to show me which of the three TV remotes I need to use to record a show?
Ditto on issues with the cell phone
The work crew has been severely reduced on the mowing the lawn, washing the car, shoveling the walk, and moving the heavy stuff front.
Worrying about that late night/ early morning phone call when they are in college.
The silence…
In our twenty four years of marriage my wife and I have had at least one kid in our lives for over twenty two of them. That means we have only spent 8% of our time together as just husband and wife.
I’m dreading the drive away from the dorm looking at my son in the rear view mirror and the inevitable crying spouse on the drive back.
Looks like more than one young man will have major changes in their lives.

Leave a Reply

* Required Field