We hurried off to the station. After dropping our daughter off at her college and helping her move in to her hostel room, it was time for my husband and me to leave.
Getting into a college of choice is a big milestone in the life of a child. At the same time letting go off your child is a strange experience, a little sad too for the parents. The thought that an ‘Empty nest’ awaits you can be upsetting. I prepared myself for quieter days ahead, with no nagging about food, sleeping late, clothes, cleaning, etc.
After exchanging goodbye, we got on to the train, and in a while the train chugged out of the station. On my way back the memories of the day, when she first went to school swarmed through my mind. It seemed like it was only yesterday that we dropped our little girl to school for the first time. Fourteen years had elapsed in between. The little girl was now soon to be a young adult, rejoicing in her new-found freedom in the college, 2000 kms from home.
Years seem to have passed by in a jiffy! Suddenly, I felt a sense of immense satisfaction of having discharged a big duty towards the child.