Dorm-Bound Kid? My Bittersweet Memory & Encouraging Words

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Can’t believe this short and sweet…or shall I say bittersweet…video below was shot two years ago!  That went by fast!  For those pensive parents about to move a beloved kid out of their familiar and loving home into a new and unfamiliar dorm room, this sweet memory of mine is for you. 

My son’s surprise dorm room essentials kit put together by his sweet girlfriend and by me. Guilty of placing his face sign there! That was me and he loved the surprise…except for the face poster. LOL!

I made this very short 1:30 video (shown below) of move-in day two years ago.  Watching it again just now instantly brought back those emotions, a funny mix of heartfelt sadness and excited joy with a little worry and a lot of reflection mixed in. 

I am wishing all of you moms and dads a smooth transition for your kid and for you, too.  It is so exciting and you will feel like you may want to go back in time and go to college for a minute or two!  You will laugh a lot and have fun with the milestone move.  

But…don’t forget the Kleenix.  Sigh.

The good news is that two years later, our son is doing so well!  He is thriving, loving college, working in terrific internships and will now be a junior at ASU.  I had heard that college goes by even faster than high school does for both the kid and the parent.  It is true.

Now back to the look-back video.  Hang in there parents!  Here is what I wrote and the short video from two years ago, August 2016…


A pack of tissues given to me by beloved gal pals for this big day. Yes, I used them 🙂 🙁

Bittersweet (which is also the name of the song I chose for the video).  Tons of fun.  Different.  A relief because he has been ready and it is time for this new chapter.  Meeting new friends & enjoying lunch with his roommate’s family.  Joy.  Laughter.  A few early morning tears from me.  But then I was A OK 🙂 Waking up knowing that today is the day.  Doing it.  Feeling it.  Feeling so dang happy for him.  Driving. Unloading.  Posing for pics.  Saying “see you tomorrow” as we have family welcome college events to attend this weekend.

So how did it feel?  How did I do?  The answers are in this short video (only 1 minute 30 seconds…a record for me) that I put together today as I put this special day in the memory books.  Bittersweet but oh so much fun!  Enjoy…

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