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My First Born is in College!

As I type this, I’m sitting in a hotel room. In an hour I’m going to check out, make one last trip to my son’s dorm room apartment to take him to lunch and buy a few more items. Then I’ll head back home to my husband and 4 other children.

We’re done with him. My first born. My guinea pig. He is…finished.

Until he calls and needs us for something else.

It was almost 18yrs ago that I gave birth to this precious, adorable, curly head baby boy. 17 hours of SHEER pain to have a 8lb infant! (Since him I’ve leaned that it’s faster and easier to have a baby in a natural squatting position with a mid-wife as opposed  lying UNNATURALLY on a hospital table surrounded by masked strangers!)

I thought the day of going to college would NEVER get here!!

Many have asked, “how do you feel?”

I feel great! I’m excited for him! It’s a beautiful time in life and I hope he enjoys it!

He has shown wisdom in making decisions in the past. I trust that he won’t COMPLETELY lose his mind while here in college.

I am concerned for him (and everyone in his generation) about his ability to handle the THOUSANDS of distractions that are in his very hand through his cell phone!

  • 100 friends who can text or call him at any moment.
  • 1000 friends who can talk to him on Facebook….at all times.
  • 200 friends responding to his videos on YouTube, on his cell phone.
  • 100’s(?) who can tweet him with an event or irrelevant line about nothing important, at any moment.

How can a gregarious kid stay focused in the midst of all of the chimes and bells and whistles going off to tell you that someone is texting, tweeting or talking to you? God help him. Help them all!!

as the dragon in Mulan

And that’s all I can say. As I look back at his life I can say he has been prepared for this college season.  He’s been taught, spanked, lectured, trained, encouraged, instructed, prayed for, anointed, baptized and VERY MUCH loved. It’s now his life.

I don’t doubt that he can pull this off.  He’s very bright and has enough personality and confidence to come to this college and TAKE OVER! He can make a major impact on this campus and his peers,  all while being on the Scholar’s list and traveling overseas.

But he will have thousands, literally, thousands of things and people distracting him EVERYDAY. Whew! I’m overwhelmed just thinking about it!

I trust that God has provided this generation a special grace to endure the social media challenges. I pray that my son, my baby, my Manny-Face will chose to walk in it!

May you be blessed my son!

And now I’m on my way home to gear-up for homeschooling my 4th grader, K5, and K4 children and focus my 8th grader on his path to college! May God bless me!

Any other excited but melancholy college moms out there?

To Our Mutual Success, Lady T

  • Adrianne Thompson
    August 18, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Yes, I’m here. It’s wild that our first-born sons went off to college on the same weekend. But, I’m not as melancholy as I was before graduation. The end of high school was harder for me. I cried everyday during the month before graduation. Then after, just three days a week. Now I’m down to maybe twice a month!

    He’s excited, and I’m excited for him, but I’m more worried about the Bimbos (yes, I said it! let’s be real, he’s a football player), than I am about technology distracting him.

    I pray constantly, and try to hold onto the scripture “Raise up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6. It’s all I can do now. I also have more kids at home to care for, and don’t have time to fret. He’s fully in God’s hands.

    • Lady T
      September 14, 2011 at 12:24 am

      Great point; He’s fully in God’s hands.

  • Andrea Little Mason
    August 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    THANK YOU, TEISHA!!! I appreciate your thoughts. And just so you know… I do not consider you “melancholy” about your son leaving for college. You sound “sober-minded” about the challenges your son and his generation face. I will not go into long drawn out details about this, but I was encouraged by your statement: “May you be blessed my son!”

    My first leaves in two years (he is on the two year countdown). I am working to do my best as a steward over my four young men and prepare them to leave and embark on life to fulfill their purposes in life (whatever they may be). I am living now in preparation for them leaving to continue the legacy we have begun.

    Thank you for your post.

    • Lady T
      September 14, 2011 at 12:25 am

      May you be blessed too! You are in the countdown years and that’s a beautiful place to be…but actually we are all ALWAYS in the countdown years huh?


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