This has been one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. There has been real grief and real joy in this process. I am still recovering. I'm going to apologize in advance for the blurry photos. Everything happened so fast. It will give the realistic impression of looking through tears.
Step 1: Packing.
Step 2: Arrive at destination, hit all the stores.
Step 3: Visit the campus even though move-in day is the next day.
"Mom,this is the lawn, this is the castle..." is about the level of detail I got from her. She had been out to visit earlier in the summer with a friend to take placement tests. She was thrilled to show me the "writing room" in the library where she plans to hunker down with her laptop.
But the castle! Oh my, what a beautiful place. I learned the next day that it was modeled after the castle in Scotland that was later used to film the Harry Potter movies.
Step 4: Try to sleep the night before move-in. Fail.
Step 5: Try to survive move-in day
This was so well orchestrated that it all went pretty quickly. Parents backed cars up to the curb in front of the dorms and all the sports teams descended on the cars and unloaded them and took everything up to the room. It felt like it was about 130 degrees and these poor kids kept their good humor despite being drenched with sweat at 10:00 in the morning.
Step 6: Make the bed.
Step 7: Meet the roommates and their parents
Step 8: The final goodbye
But when all was said and done, it was such a happy day too. As one parent said, it was like "releasing a trout." A flip of the tail, a shimmer of light, and they were off, happy in their environment.
Good luck Drama Girl. I love you.