Off to College: The P.S. to September’s Editor’s Letter

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Folks who have read my September editor’s letter in What’s Up? magazine have been stopping me on the street and asking me, “So how does it feel?”
It takes me a moment or two to ascertain what they are asking about… I’m not certain how to respond. They are asking me in shorthand, how does it feel to have no children at home. Depending on my mood, I’ll say.. “Well, I kind of miss her.” or “Well it’s not really so different because she really wasn’t home all that much.” or “We’re having a great time being honeymooners.” or “I’m really enjoying the freedom of not adhering to as much of a schedule these days. I only have to worry about one other person on a daily husband.”
I miss all my children, all three of them, but time marches on and I did expect them to go away to college and leave home.. permanently. I’ve nurtured them , that’s what parents do, and now it is their turn to discover and explore on their own.
As for my latest little bird to leave the nest, I’m very proud of her… that she was confident to travel far from home to attend a university 3,000 miles from home. Enjoy the photos.

Published by Nadja Maril

Nadja Maril is a communications professional who has over 10 years experience as a magazine editor. A writer and journalist, Maril is the author of several books including: "American Lighting 1840-1940", "Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide", "Me, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat", and "Runaway, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat". Her short stories and essays have been published in several small online journals including Lunch Ticket, Change Seven, Scarlet Leaf Review and Defunkt Magazine. She has an MFA in creative writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Former Editor-in-Chief of What's Up ? Publishing, former Editor of Chesapeake Taste Magazine a regional lifestyle magazine based in Annapolis, and former Lighting Editor of Victorian Homes Magazine, Maril has written hundreds of newspaper and magazines articles on a variety of subjects..

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