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Well, here we are. It’s August, and I know from reader mail and posts on social media that a lot of parents are bracing to send off their first or last child to college.
If you’re at all like I was when I sent my kids off, you’re probably trying to remind yourself how lucky you are. Look at your babies, fleeing the nest just like you taught them to do.
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Not to make it all about us, but what about us? Once they’re gone, then what?
I raised two kids, born 12 years apart. I was an involved mom. To this day, my 35-year-old daughter’s nickname for me – widely shared, I’ve recently discovered – is Extreme Connie. That’s pretty much sums up my parenting, for good and bad.
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Soto’s now-former Nationals teammates were sad to see him go. They’re also elated to see him play in games that matter. WASHINGTON, D.C. — With four hours to go before Tuesday’s 6 p.m. trade deadline, the Padres added right fielder Juan Soto, first baseman Josh Bell—and some two dozen San Diego fans in the Nationals’ clubhouse. Soto, 23, spent an hour exchanging tears and goodbyes with members of the only organization he has ever known, the organization to which he helped bring a championship in 2019 and the organization that two months ago announced it would not trade him.
The things you remember from when they walk away
When my son, Andy, left for college, I felt his absence twice. First when he left and took his music and surly jokes with him, and then again when we visited him in the fall during parents’ weekend. That’s when it hit me just how much 6-year-old Caitlin missed her big brother. Until she laid eyes on him, I’m not sure she believed she’d ever see him again.
Nearly three decades later, a framed photo of them from that weekend still sits on my desk. He was a beanpole of a kid back then, 6-feet-plus with John Lennon glasses and a long, thick ponytail that always reminded me of an upside-down exclamation mark. In the photo he’s holding Cait’s hand, and I remember her little legs working so hard to keep pace with him as they strolled through the fallen leaves. She’s wearing her color-block coat because he once told her it was his favorite, and her polka dot pant legs are pushed up high on her calves because that’s how she liked to wear them. The things you remember.
College Football’s 25 Most Intriguing Coaches of 2022
Whether they’re taking over a new program or feeling the pressure at an old one, these names are ones to watch this fall. The college football Most Intriguing lists are back once again, either by popular demand or sheer force of habit. First off, the 25 Most Intriguing Coaches for the 2022 season (with the usual caveat that “most intriguing” and “best” are not the same thing).1. Lincoln Riley, USC. Riley’s sudden and surprising move to Los Angeles set off an eruption of excitement among Trojans fans and a corresponding aftershock of anger in Norman, Okla., where they are not accustomed to being jilted.
I shot the photo as I walked behind them. What is about pictures of our loved ones walking away? Why do they tug at us so?
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It was hard to send my oldest off to college, but his sister was still home with me, and soon I was a single mother. For the next decade it was just the two of us except when Andy visited, unless you counted our two cats and pug Gracie as family, which we always did. They had their own Christmas stockings to prove it.
When my life's role was redefined
Before I knew it, certainly before I was ready, it was Cait’s turn to leave. I put a brave face on for Cait right up to the moment we said goodbye and drove away from campus. I cried for all four hours it took my husband and me to drive home. We had been married just a year, and this was a side of me Sherrod had never seen. I assured him that this blubbering woman was new to me, too. Between sobs, I’m sure I said this.
The Direction of College Athletics Hangs in the Balance
Where has realignment taken college sports, and where could it be heading in the future? Our writer roundtable tackles seven pressing issues. For years, summer has been known as Talking Season in college football—the July conference media days produce a river of rhetoric from coaches and administrators that prime the pump for the blocking and tackling to come. But the past two summers have become Plundering Season as well, with the Southeastern Conference and Big Ten making blockbuster expansions at the expense of the Big 12 and Pac-12. That has, in turn, affected the nature of Talking Season.
I wrote about sending my youngest off to college. Of course, I did. I was a columnist trying to make sense of the world one column at a time. Never was I at more of a loss than when the most important role of my life was redefined. Who was I now, with both of my children launched into the world?
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Other parents’ lives helped me find perspective, fast. In the first week of August 2005, just two weeks before my daughter left for college, 20 members of Brook Park, Ohio’s 25th Regiment, Third Battalion Marines were killed in Iraq. The regiment’s headquarters was 11 miles from our home.
I attended many of their funerals, and interviewed their grieving parents, one after another after another. I wrote about them in that same column about my daughter leaving for college:
“What got to me most was the certainty that this was it, their last chance to make memories with their children. In a final embrace, they reached out to touch flag-draped coffins holding the lifeless bodies of their children, who had so much to live for.”
Georgia begins national title defense with sweet fade
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Bulldogs aren’t resting on their laurels — or their locks — as they begin defense of college football’s national championship. Quarterback Stetson Bennett and several of his teammates chopped off a significant chunk of hair before the start of preseason practice Thursday. Some clandestine shots of Bennett’s sweet fade generated plenty of buzz on social media — and seemingly signaled a team that is hungry for another title. “That goes back to that lock in, lock out,” coach Kirby Smart said. “Lock into camp, lock out all the noise and all the social media things and get really focused on being the best version of yourself.
Embrace the gift of college goodbye
My daughter was leaving for college. How blessed could one mother be?
I share this not to chastise parents feeling the swirl of emotions as they watch their kids pack and prepare for daily lives without them. This is a big change for everyone in a family, and there is no denying the combustible mix of joy for what lies ahead, and the sneaky moments of grief over what will no longer be. © Lylah Rose Wolff Connie Schultz is an Opinion columnist for USA TODAY.
What I am here to tell you is, no matter how difficult it is to say goodbye, it is a gift to believe it’s temporary. To send them off trusting we will see them again and again and again.
I wasn’t going to mention all of this until Tuesday, when I saw the Facebook posts of two parents who lost their Marine son that day in 2005. Each had their own way of remembering him, as parents do. Each of them reminded me how lucky I am, still.
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USA TODAY columnist Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize winner whose novel, “The Daughters of Erietown,” is a New York Times bestseller. You can reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter: @ConnieSchultz
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: College goodbyes loom. Be sad but also be grateful for the moments past and future.
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