After we got everything unloaded and in his dorm room we all went out to have lunch and make that final trip to Wally World for the things we forgot and soon found we needed. Upon our return to the dorm I offered to make his bed and was quickly told, "Mom I have made my own bed for the past 7 years and I can do it now". Can you believe it? He actually admitted he could do something without my help!! We offered to help him unpack some of his things and again with one of the sweetest smiles, he said "I would really like to put my things up myself so that I know where everything is, if it is okay with you Mom". Of course, Steve took that as a sign he was ready for us to leave and let him begin the next step in his life. We all walked to our vehicle together, said our goodbyes with hugs and kisses. As we drove off he said, "Mom I Love You, too" and waved.
It has been five days and I will admit each day gets a little easier. That is until I make a trip to my bathroom mid-morning....He loved to take his shower in our bathroom and would always close the blinds that I had opened earlier that morning after getting dressed, but he never opened them back. It is the little things like the bathroom blinds never closing after I open them, reaching into the cabinet to get a bowl and the only white Fiesta bowl I have being the next one available, that was his favorite bowl to use, no sounds from the TV or video games coming from his room and his door always closed. When it was just the two of us home, he always kept his door open.
Until next time....I will be keeping myself busy!!!