Kevin J. is headed back to college this morning. He has been home three times since the fall semester began. Each visit seems to go too fast. He slips back into the family routine with ease and helps out with an adult maturity. His friends are at the house often when he is home and there is usually a social function going on somewhere... basketball, movies, football, movie production, computer games that produce mom eye rolls... Letting him go back is getting a little easier but he was home for Christmas a whole month... this time is tougher than I thought it would be.
All our teens have many 'away from home' activities that result in much coming and going. All good opportunties that I am grateful they have. It means an adjustment in mothering and how I view the home for them. It isn't their world anymore. It's homebase and I want it to be a pleasent, relaxing place. A harbor where faith and family renew and strengthen them as they venture out into the ever widening world.