Last updated on Jun 21st, 2021 at 04:52 pm

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5. They still come home

Let’s face it, things could be worse. They aren’t moving abroad or (gasp!) getting married. I mean, the “gone” spectrum is wide when it comes to children leaving the nest, and in the scheme of things, heading to university represents a mere baby step. Most of them will be back under your roof by Easter; some will return the first time they run out of clean underwear. And before you know it (really!), they will show up on your doorstep with giant garbage bags overflowing with unwashed towels, sheets and clothing – their charming way of announcing “I’m home for the holidays!”

And while in many ways they are the same, somehow, they are also strangely different. Wiser, wittier, braver, more grown-up, more independent. (Or wait, is that us?) It’s all part of that new and – OK, yes, maybe a little bit exciting – path they are navigating toward adulthood. And taking us along – kicking and screaming at times – for the ride.