This is just a short, post-holiday vent.
Okay, not really a vent. This is as it should be, right? The whole purpose of kids leaving home is for them to…leave home. Right?
We don’t actually want our kids to be homesick, to feel out of place at school, to prefer to be with family and old friends rather than participating fully and completely in their new adventure. We don’t want them to be counting down the minutes until they can come back home.
I just didn’t expect them to be counting down the minutes until they could LEAVE home after the holidays.
I’m exaggerating, and if either of my college kids sees this I’m going to get into trouble. But when my college freshman son took to referring to school as “home,” I wondered whether he was just teasing me or whether he was actually that thrilled to be done with our family. At one time I would have known immediately that he was trying to get a rise out of me. This time I’m not so sure.
Homeschooling families in particular will know what I’m talking about. When you’ve raised your kids to refer back to the family for all things, even their guide to social life, it’s a bit startling.