My son went away to university tonight.
Actually I drove him there – a whole 3 1/2 miles away.
I sobbed on the drive home.
And on into the house, where my younger son so lovingly consoled me.
Saying, “Just think how you’d feel if he’d gone to Chicago Mom.”
“Or New York, or California,” I responded.
Other places he’d considered.
He wanted to go someplace new. A big city.
Instead he opted to stick close to home.
His best friend is there after all.
And all his new friends.
He said he may come home to do laundry.
Maybe stay the weekend.
He couldn’t do that if he was in Chicago, or New York City.
So he’s within walking distance,
But my mamma heart still feels a loss.
My little boy is now a young man,
Starting his own life,
away from home –
Even if it is, only 3 1/2 miles away.
Copyright Suzanne Norton 2016