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To our 2 college kids who left us empty-nesters

Dear Amelia and Jack, Your father and I are writing to you to tell you not to worry about us. We know, you were concerned about us being all alone in this empty nest. The day to day hustle and bustle is less, and you feared we would be sad, and our brains would turn to mush. Please rest assured that there is a great support group of empty nest parents and we meet regularly in Target, the market, the…

3,675 Miles

It is 3,675 miles from my front porch to Hamm, Germany, plus or minus a mile or two, to the exact location where my son Jack is at this very moment. Here is what I received via text this morning: Let me explain: On Christmas night we packed Jack for the trip to visit friends in Hamm, Germany.  Jack has remained close to the students that visited us here in October of 2016.  What a wonderful experience for Jack, Caroline…

Recipe for a college student’s mom

Today’s weekly recipe post diverts from the usual pizza, brownie or pasta recipe. This is much more crucial to feeding the human spirit.  It is a recipe for being a mom with children in college and an Italian mother at that.  Please don’t misunderstand me.  I am not excluding dads, I’m just speaking to the mothers right now. I am not a novice baker or cook in this regard.  I have a college Junior in Rochester, NY at Rochester Institute…

College living- I’d forgotten…

I am in Rochester this week with my daughter as she begins her transition from campus living to off campus living.  She and her four roommates have been living in a beautiful three level townhouse, fully furnished and with a washer & dryer.   They do not know the schlep of going to a laundromat and fighting for a dryer nor do they have to break into the apartment across the hall to steal a roll of toilet paper. (Remember that…

Campus Life (for you Pete)

I was waiting for Amelia on campus this morning before going to visit a client in Rochester.  I saw her walking towards me and no longer saw a young Amelia. I saw a young woman on a college campus no longer in need of a mother for typical mom duties. We greeted each other and headed to her apartment. Amelia lives with a group of girls and one guy, Pete. Pete was vacuuming when we got there. I don't ever remember…