Thursday, August 25, 2011

Independence Day

Today was a day of independence ....

Hilary doesn't drive, so she has to take the City bus to get to school.  She had to leave the house at 5:30am to get to school in time for her 8am class.  The ridiculous part is that the school is 20 minutes away if she were to drive there (incentive for learning to drive??) But, she managed to get up, get out the door, walk to the bus stop, make two transfers, arrive at the school, attend her three classes and do it all over again to get back home.  She walked in the door at about 3:45pm. A long, hot day for her, but she got where she needed to be, on time and all by herself.

Mary is all moved into her dorm at NAU and is ready to embark on her new journey as a college student, all by herself.

Eric had to walk home from the bus stop after school today because Mark and I were with Mary.  I was a nervous nellie about him walking home without an adult, but it's less than a quarter mile from the bus drop off to our house and he doesn't have to cross any streets.  I told him to make sure he came straight home - no dawdling.   This was Eric's first time walking home from school all by himself, and he arrived safe and sound!

Our kids are growing up and becoming independent. It's a good thing, but bittersweet at the same time.  Oh well, we don't ever have to worry about not being needed - we've always got Jack! :)

Mary walking Eric to the bus stop before she leaves for college
(I think she's going to miss him)

Getting her dorm room set up

Hanging out with the Lumberjack 
(school mascot)


Christy said...

Wow! That is a lot of independence! Big changes. Exciting - but I'm sure it's a difficult transition for you. I can't even think about that stuff yet!

Hugs to you!

Susan said...

You should be so proud of all your kids! Glad all went well!!!