One of my favorite quotes of all time is this:
“Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone
Today, I left my heart in a freshman dorm on a college campus.
Someone asked me how I was feeling about it, and I said, “Sad and happy and sad and proud and sad and bewildered…” Bewildered because it happened so fast. One minute we had a sweet little baby, our little dolphin, we called her, and the next, we are moving her car out of the unload zone for her while she goes inside to get her room key. The time in between is suddenly a blur, like a dream that is vivid when you first wake up but that you only recall in snatches by the end of the day.
Our new college girl is a daddy’s girl and a mama’s girl and a beloved big sister. After today, none of us will ever be the same again. The change is inevitable, natural, and good. But it’s hard to get used to your heart being so far away.