Thursday, January 24, 2008

Guess who's volley-ing now?

Okay, so oldest child is in the midst of choosing a college for next year. Since she's a die-hard volleyball jock, she is planning on playing in college and we have spent countless hours this year, days probably, researching schools, sending out tapes, talking with coaches via email, phone and in person; a long, arduous procedure.

Now if your not familiar with the college/athlete process, it involves the coaches watching you live or on tape and being interested enough to schedule you, the athlete, to go and visit their school.

She has been to colleges before. The last real visit was one where Jimmy flew her to Oklahoma to meet the coach, tour the campus, and watch a volleyball match. Jimmy flew her there, stayed with her, and then flew her home. So dad was with her the entire time, "holding her hand," and I was calm.

This morning at 5am, however, Sutton, my oldest, my original baby, my first-born, my ultimate little guinea pig, left on another college visit. To North Carolina. On an airplane. By herself. With lay-overs. My baby. (sigh)

I know your thinking, "Devin! You just ranted and raved yesterday about the trials and tribulations of raising this woman/child. And now you want us to feel sorry for you as you whine about your 'baby' teetering on the edge of the proverbial nest you were ready to shove her out of a mere few hours ago?!"


Just humor me today. I'm feeling a little fragile.


Gina said...

You have done an excellent job with Sutton Button. You have taught her to become the wonderful young lady she is and I KNOW you have prepared her for her next chapter. **Thank goodness you have more at home to keep you busy so maybe you can worry a little less.

Annikke said...

I'm sure she will be fine, but I know it is scary for you as her mom!!! Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

I don't even want to think that far ahead with my girls...


Andrea said...

Aw! What a big step for both of you! She's a great kid and you're a great mom. While she may not have WANTED to listen to you every time you had a seed of advice, those seeds were planted and will be of great use to her later.

Steph said...

Although sometimes I feel like putting my kids on a plane to nowhere, I really cannot imagine letting them go! I'm sure Sutton is remembering all the little bits of advice you've given her over the years, and putting it all to good use!