After years of prepping, months of anxiety, and days of packing, we finally drove the 500 miles needed to drop our firstborn off at college. The car ride was long, and surprisingly quiet. Maybe it was my Fannie Flagg audiobook. (Really good!) Or maybe it was the alarm we all felt that one -- in our neat little family of five -- was about to flee the flock.
So maybe you're an empty nester for the first time, and maybe you're feeling a little nostalgic -- or maybe you're crying a river of tears that reaches from your living room to your kid's dorm. In the meantime, take a look at this list of 25 things that I haven't missed about being the parent of school-aged children.
I am old school. I got my first cell phone in 2003 and have not upgraded since. Seamus -- my very bright and inquisitive one-year-old -- is already very curious about my cell phone. But for now, and for the next few years, we are saying no to all the beeping, whizzing, vibrating, touch-screen gizmos.