Editor’s note: Some parents are sending their son or daughter off to college for the first time, saying goodbye not only to the bright-eyed college-bound child but also to life as they knew it. It is a momentous change. When this column was first published in August 2006, many readers told us it expressed how they felt. We have reprinted this piece around this time each year, and the comments are always the same. Saying goodbye to a child leaving home is an experience that never changes.
“You plant black-eyed peas, that’s what you git,” my daughter’s friend says in an Oklahoma drawl she exaggerates whenever she wants to make a point. I laughed when I first heard this phrase some 20 years ago, but it’s a saying our family quickly adopted. I found myself thinking these words while listening to my granddaughter Lucy belt out the score from “Gypsy” on our drive home from seeing the play last week.
When this column was first published in August 2006, parents sending their kids off to college wrote to me saying that this is how they feel. That their children’s leaving was a big change in their lives and a big deal. Since then, the Globe has reprinted this piece every August and the comments from parents are always the same. They’re happy but they’re sad, too. I wasn’t wrong about their leaving. My husband kept telling me I was.
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