stages of life

‘Hours after we unloaded her into her new, tiny dorm, I grabbed my keys. ‘I’m coming back to get you,’ I announced, tears flowing on both ends.’: Mom urges parents dropping off kids at college to ‘watch them fly’

“A flood of emotion came over as I thought of my baby, the one who made me a mom, alone in a strange place, in a strange room, with strange people.  ‘No,’ she said as she cleared her throat. ‘You cannot come pick me up. If you do, I’ll never find the courage to do this.'”

Sweet Child, May We Forever Be Each Other’s Constant

“‘Mama, can you rest with me?’ She points to her chest and has me lay my head down. Oh, the sweet sound of her breath. Her soft hands gently stroking my hair as we lay in silence. Her hands comforting and soothing this restless heart of mine. One night, the air will be silent, only filled with a hug and a kiss goodnight.”

‘We are the ones up all night with worry while our partners deep sleep beside us. Worst-case scenarios replay from the moment we hear, ‘Get ready, here he comes!’: Mom urges ‘let’s stick up for anxious parents’

“We worry before each doctor’s appointment. We worry when he’s up too high where we can’t see him at the park. We worry we aren’t signing her up for enough activities to help find her passions. And the worry will never stop. It will only increase as they grow older.”

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