Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Good-Bye Laundry: Slice of Life 2017



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The week before she goes back:

Me- (Looking at the overflowing hamper in her room) How is your laundry going?

Her- Fine.

Me- Okay.


Three days before she goes back:

Me-(Looking at the overflowing hamper in her room) How is your laundry going?

Her- Ugh, I do just fine at college with my laundry, I will get it done here too. (with tone)

Me- Okay.

Two days before she goes back:

Me- (Looking at the overflowing hamper in her room and clothes laying on the floor and strewn all over the bed) How is your laundry going?

Her- I don't want to do it! I have a load in the washer and one in the dryer. I gotta go to work, bye.

Me- Be careful, I love you.

The morning before she leaves:

Me- (The family sitting around the breakfast table enjoying her favorite breakfast.)

Daddy- Do you want some help with your laundry?

Her- No, I got it. I don't want to do it.

Me- Are you planning to take your clothes back dirty?

Her- No.

Me- You don't want to do it because then that means you're closer to leaving?

Her- Yes. I am going to say good-bye to my friend Hannah after breakfast.

Me- Okay.

Her (walking out the door to go to Hannah's) Mommy, I don't want to go back. College is hard, and I just don't like it. (Walks out with a grunt)

Me- I love you, enjoy your visit with Hannah. Plan a  time for Hannah to visit you!

Today is going to be an emotional day.

6 comments:

Aileen Hower said...

Oh boy! I love how you balance listening and guiding her toward self-awareness. It's s so hard when they are older to watch them struggle, but need them to solve the problem instead of swooping in to fix everything. I'm still mostly in swoop mode and have a lot of learning to do.

Carol Varsalona said...

OOH! A mother's life is to bolster up the emotional times in our children's lives.

Fran said...

So hard to face the difficult tasks that "force change". I live in a world of procrastinators so there are many things that i have learned to let go!

Leigh Anne Eck said...

Such an emotional time everyone in the picture. Hope today and each day gets better.

Julie Johnson said...

Aw Deb, that brings a smile and a little heartache. It reminds me of when Molly was a freshman and she sat on the couch with tears and said, "I wish I was in kindergarten again." Good luck to all of you. ❤️

Carol said...

I get a lump in my throat just reading this! Sounds like a really hard week!