My dd # 1 turns 18 in a couple of weeks. How the time has flown!
She's either hurt that she doesn't feel part of the family anymore (she's NEVER home.....work, school, musical, marching band, chamber singers, NHS, KEY club, friends...........) and then the next minute she's out the door in a huff because something didn't go her way.
There are days that I am sad that she will be going away to school and other days I can't wait for her sassy little mouth to go to college! I know that sounds horrible, but, honestly, some days she drives me nuts! And I, too, must be the stupidest woman on the face of the earth some days to her. Other days, she stops by my room at school (she attends the same school where I teach) on her way home (or work) just to chat. Sometimes she leaves cute little notes on my desk that I will find during the school day that tell me to have a great day or that I'm a great mom. Just like when she was little and would make me bookmarks that had a picture of a little girl with her arms stretched out wide and in her printing underneath the picture it said "I love you this much". I still find them occassionally when I open a book I haven't looked at in awhile.
OK....maybe I'm not ready for her to go away to college just yet.