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The Real Reason Parents Cry When Dropping of Kids at College

emptyI was on campus yesterday and saw a lot of new students moving into the dorms all around downtown Madison.  It took me back to my first move in day here at the UW.  My folks drove me up to Madison from Chicago and the car ride was fun.  I was excited for school and it appeared my parents were very excited for me. We pulled up to The Towers right in the heart of beautiful State Street.  The weather was perfect and there were tons of kids all over the place.  I remember feeling like I was late for a party.  I wanted to get out and meet people and settle in to my new digs. My folks seemed to be having fun too and as they were about to leave my dad said, "Learn a lot but don't forget to have fun because these four years will go by in an instant." They gave me a hug and then drove back to Chicago.  I turned and went inside and didn't think much more about it considering I'd see them in just a couple of months. Years later my mom told me that they both cried the entire car ride home.  I remember saying, "Gosh Mom.  I didn't realize you were so sad to not have me around the house anymore.  I know I'm your sunshine and the only reason for living, but I was only a few hours away." Apparently it really didn't have anything to do with me or having my shining personality around the house. She looked at me and said, "Yeah.  We were a little bummed you were gone, but we were really crying because we kept thinking we're too young to have a kid in college!"

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