I should be used to it, since I’m now into my sixth consecutive year of having a kid away at college. But birthdays in our house always included the tradition of the birthday dinner, i.e. Mom makes whatever the birthday boy or girl requests. So with G five hours away at school, his 20th birthday dinner will be whatever they’re serving tonight in the dorm.
Of course colleges make it easy now for parents to remember their child’s special occasion — and spend our money. So I ordered a birthday cake to be delivered today, complete with birthday wishes from home.
It will have to suffice. And with two kids now in their 20s, I’ll have to get used to the fact that I have only one teenager left.
The empty nest creeps closer…