We flew home yesterday, Rick and I, one person fewer than we started with. We had a great time at orientation, and exploring Seattle a bit while making sure that Kiv had everything she needs to get started with the quarter. Having time to make the transition helps - first we're all in one hotel room, then she's in her dorm but we're still seeing each other, then off we go. It's the moment the plane takes off that kind of gets me - this is how far away she is. This is how long it would take me to get to her if something were to happen.
At the same time, though, is the feeling of - this is the place where she gets to take her first steps into independent adulthood. This is the place that will nurture her learning, and the growth of her self. This will become her place, where she is the knower, the insider. This is her launching pad.
And check out the excitement - it doesn't get better than that.