Autumn is often a time of new beginnings and a few days ago we moved our daughter Abigail into her new student room in her hall of residence at Gloucestershire University, Cheltenham. There she will be completing her studies in Media Production and we hope she will emerge as a great film-maker.
Saying goodbye to your young person as he or she goes to the university is often a time of many and mixed emotions for parents. If I’d used “emoticons” to demonstrate my emotions, there would have been a full range of contradictory faces!
There would have been faces which were sad, fearful, anxious, excited and hopeful among them. And upon returning home again, having said goodbye to her, feelings of being bereft, numb and even feelings of unreality.
And yet she is now making new friends, attending lots of events, discovering new things, entering a different world. It’s a time for rejoicing too.
For many it can be the best, most fun part of your life.
What can compare to those hilarious conversations and cooking disasters that take place in the student kitchens, or those late nights sitting on the bed in someone else’s room, doing crazy things? or those new discoveries as you go along to another quirky society you signed up for at the Freshers Fayre?
May it be so, as I think now of all the young people starting at their new universities and colleges right now.