September 22, 2008

Move in (and out!) Day for Peter

On Saturday morning we drove Peter to Chicago to move into his dorm room. It looks a lot like his room at home! He requested a single and got into his first choice dorm. Notice the ivy around his window. It's one of the oldest dorms on campus.

After getting everything into his room, he got his ID card and we hung out at the outdoor booth/food area (I'm sure it had a name), trying to find some shade. All the kids had name tags, so people were finding Peter to say hi. They'd already met on the Facebook group.

The last event was the ceremony at Rockefeller Chapel. After an hour of speakers, everyone filed out and walked together to the Hall Gate. At that point, the kids went through to take a class picture and the parents were directed to a reception. We'd already decided to say our goodbyes and head home. It was a very emotional time for all of us, and I'm sure I'll write more later. For now, I'm trying not to cry every time someone asks me how I'm doing. But we are all convinced that this is exactly the right place for Peter, a tremendous blessing and a great opportunity. I am thrilled for him.

This morning I was getting in the car to take Missa to school and a neighbor was driving by. She stopped, rolled down her window and asked how Peter was doing at college. I told her we just took him up on Saturday and she started talking about what a great kid he is, you must be so proud, etc, and I started to tear up. She said "Now all the good things you've put into him can be shared with others." Great. That really set me off. I think I'll just lock myself in the house for a week or two.


G.Dowell said...

Thought about you Saturday. I'm glad that Peter is all settled at school and ready for his new life experience. Wish I had comforting words for you - just know we're thinking of you. I see how homeschooling my children binds me to them in such a special way. It really is a blessing to have that kind of relationship with them.

Mindy said...

Sounds like it was a fun day and that he's all set. It's hard when that first one leaves home, mine did in June. it's a credit to you that he is off to such a bright start.

Karen said...

Hi Jena,
What a nice way for Peter to start college. I'll be thinking about you as you make this huge adjustment - I feel lonely when my 8 year-old goes to a friend's for the day, I can't imagine what you're going through right now!
Good luck, think positive -

Unknown said...

My nephew moved to Chicago for school four years ago. For us, we finally had family near by so he was invited for weekends out to the suburbs for free food and laundry. What amazed me is how much it meant to him that his parents took such an interest in his college education. He left home, but he never left their hearts. You will be with Peter each and every day that he creates this wonderful new life for himself. Cathy

Traci said...

Awww. It's always good to hear how much others think of your child. It sounds like this college really takes care of freshmen. I remember being dropped off and having to wonder what to do with myself. If it hadn't been for my boyfriend who had already been there a year, I'm not sure how it would have gone.

Anonymous said...

Wow - I love what your neighbor said - that is so awesome. How exciting for your son. I remember going away to college...although it took me two tries to find the perfect dorm mate - your son is lucky to have his own room.

Anonymous said...

That's the real drawback of parenting. Done right, you do yourself out of a job. But you have a great relationship with him and even though it'll change, it won't go away. Take the time to grieve the loss of your little boy. When he comes home for Thanksgiving, you can then welcome a wonderful young man into your home.

Jena said...

Thanks everyone for your kind words. We've been able to talk and email, so I'm starting to relax and accept the situation. :)

Lilly said...

Ok, I will try not to ask you how you are doing. But, I will promise to pray for you during this time of transition. Peace!

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

Awww! Congratulations to the both of you! I'm sure if you're feeling a bit down, he wouldn't argue with you if you sent him some cookies or anything homemade. :)

Hang in there, momma!

At A Hen's Pace said...

Oh, I meant to leave you a comment ages ago on this post--

The picture of Rockefeller Chapel reminded me so vividly of my husband's graduation day! (He attended the Graduate School of Business.) It was very, very hot.



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