Slice of Life 2013

Slice of Life 2013 Day 17: A Watershed Event

on March 17, 2013

Slice of Life 


I’m participating in the March Slice of Life Challenge, hosted by Stacey Shubitz and Ruth Ayres at Two Writing Teachers.

wa·ter·shed: (noun)

an important point of division or transition between two phases, conditions, etc.


Constituting a watershed.

It’s Sunday.

As I wrote about here, Sundays are usually hard for me. It is a transition day, with the busyness and fun of Saturday fading away and the challenges of the impending week closing in on me (i.e all the stuff I didn’t do last week that must get done this week). The change in the rhythm of the day allows the thoughts and feelings I am usually able to keep at bay to seep into my consciousness, begging to be acknowledged.

Navigating Sundays is tricky business.

Today, I find myself feeling the all-too-familiar ache amplified by the imminent departure of our youngest child, our daughter, Katie. We have had the pleasure of having her home with us all week for her last Spring Break of her college years.

I know from experience, this is a watershed event for our family.

Soon she will no longer be a college student. On May 11th, she will graduate from college and begin a whole new life on her own. She will establish herself in a new city, with a new job, new friends, and new priorities. She will no longer have “school breaks” but “vacations” that will not be centered around “heading home” but more likely “venturing out” to explore the world.

And that is exactly how it should be.

Some of you who may not have entered this phase of parenting may doubt this swift change in family dynamics, but those who have children who have fled the nest will understand.

Graduating from college is a watershed event in the life of your family.

Yet, tempering the natural sadness about the ending of this phase of our lives, I couldn’t be more excited and happy for her. She is an amazing young woman, and I can’t wait to see what life has to offer her and how she will take it and run with it.

I am so proud of her and I love her so very much.

So, on what could be any ordinary Sunday morning, as we load up her car with groceries, and double check to be sure she has everything she needs, she will be driving off, head filled with her to-do list for the week ahead, as well as excitement about reuniting with her much-loved roommates. She will be largely unaware of the significance this goodbye means to us.

As we watch her drive away, we will wave goodbye to her, and to so much more.


 Katie wind




3 responses to “Slice of Life 2013 Day 17: A Watershed Event

  1. We saw our daughter off today, too, as she loaded up her car with travel-mates after their first spring break of college. We’re just three years away from the moment you’ve described beautifully.

  2. My children both live away from home now and have for about 5 years. They visit often, so I can’t complain, but there is that period of adjustment for sure. And, you’re right, of course, the relationship changes in some ways. It also stays the same in some ways.

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