Lots of conflicting feelings right now.
Our son is leaving today on his great adventure to an unknown new life across the country.
Here he is many years ago with his first "vehicle". Now, he'll take a very different vehicle and truly set off to see the world! It is very sad and yet very right.
I remember the little guy that said, "Mommy, I want to stay with you forever" and would wrap his little arms around me and hug as tight as he could. I think part of him is still feeling that way, but his eagerness to find his own way is heartening as well in that perhaps we managed to give him both his roots AND his wings.
I think this was the theme of a post shortly after he left for RIT.
I suspect he'll wind up back here one of these days, but for now, Godspeed! I'll try to control the rising panic and the lump in my throat and just wish him the very best.