Having Teen away at school is a new normal. As with any change, it takes time for the “new” to wear off and become normal. There are the little jokes, smiles, assists that take place in a hundred different ways - all absent.
I have been striving for a positive posture, after all she did stay in-state when she was originally going to head off 1200 miles, she is in a positive place doing positive things, and above all I am happy for her.
But, it always comes as a surprise when her absence hits me with a bit of emotion. Whether it's a texting session she is having with Boy to help his transition to high school or Baby asking for "MY