Saturday, August 30, 2008

Memories are made of these

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Both kids are off to college today. It is a strange day to have the house to you - when there has been at least one kid at home since 1989.
We brought them up for times such as these. To continue to learn not just in academics: But also in other aspects of living and life. New friends, new experiences, new and more challenges.

It was easy to tell on our way to West Hartford which vehicles were involved in the transport of college students. Truck like SUV's, s minivans, station wagons. All stuffed with Rubbermaid containers to the rafters and so many from out of state. In fact, at the U of H, only 50% of the students are from CT, the next largest group is from NJ. Lots of Tahoe's from NJ seen on I-91.

When they were small, we (and the kids) looked forward to Kindergarten, to starting school, their formal learning. They still do look forward to this. Allegra is now a junior, and is not ready for her senior year. Learning is still fun, and work waits upon graduation. As a freshman, Cameron has lots to see, and as a Computer Science + Engineering student, he will have plenty to do. But enjoyable schoolwork, we're sure.
Of course, there is ere some bittersweet in all of this. We are happy that both kiddos are growing as we hoped they would. But you have memories when they were little and we as parents sole taught our young'uns things at the beginning. But they had more to learn from schooling and experience. So they continue. My profile refers to myself as a sentimentalist (and I am still). I remember the past, but see a bright future for them. Although, Patti and I don't have a reasonable explanation for the cats as to where their brother and sister are...

8 comments:

Dianne said...

Oh NO! the cats are going to think you did something to the kids :)

lovely photos Ralph. they're both going to do great things.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i know you and patti are both so proud of them, as well you should be...

smiles, bee

Linda said...

Funny how much emptier a house seems when there are no kids there, isn't it? Still, this gives you more time to bond with the kitties and with each other once you get over the initial "wow, it's too quiet here" thing.

You've raised your children up to be adults and I'm sure you're very proud of them, as rightly you should be.

By the way, as I was looking at the picture above of the two of them I couldn't help but think how much they look like you and Patti. Cameron looks just like you and Allegra could be Patti's twin!

Leora said...

So sweet, your photos. My eldest starts high school this Wednesday...you are making me sad for the day when my little one starts college! Oh, I have a ways to go for that.

Patti said...

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

said their Mumsie

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

What a beautiful post... you have every reason in the world to be proud of them!

Rambling Woods said...

It is strange having a empty house isn't it? But the most fun comes when they get their first apartment that they are paying for and you go in and turn on all the water, electric, furnace and all and hear them say, "Do you know how much all this stuff costs?". Now that is fun...

Michelle said...

They grow up so fast! Then think they're adults and move out. Then move back home again.