My heart swelled and broke simultaneously. I wanted to help him and had to resist approaching the ringleader to ask if my boy could play too. Even though he is only five and -- hopefully -- far from the years that my mere existence will utterly embarrass him, I knew he didn't want me to interfere.
It isn't that I'm over-attached to my son. It isn't that he's young and a little scared and I'm feeling guilty about leaving him. The trouble isn't that I'm leaving my son for too long, it's that I haven't left him often enough.
The power of the mother-daughter connection keeps catching me by surprise. I didn't know we would stare at each other for hours after she came out, I didn't know my boobs would squirt milk just thinking about her, and I certainly didn't anticipate this next round of attachment.
While some might roll their eyes, it shouldn't surprise us that designer dorm rooms have popped up on campus or that parents are snapping up non-essentials for their students. Is it a good idea? That's a whole other story, but here are a few reasons why parents might break the bank....
My daughter will be fine, I tell myself. She will be fine, she tells herself. And yet the ache of longing for both of us makes us, if only for a moment, wish to stay put in our safe harbor, to stand fast in the life we have made.
If you notice behavioral changes in your pet, such as chewing on items that smell like his or her companion or going to the bathroom in inappropriate places, he or she may have a case of the "back-to-school blues."