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Sunday, August 27, 2006

The kids were her planets


Beverly Beckham's column on the empty feeling you get when you send the kids to college in the Globe's regional editions this morning is already a favorite for people to share by email.

Here's the beginning:

I wasn't wrong about their leaving. My husband kept telling me I was. That it wasn't the end of the world when first one child, then another , and then the last packed their bags and left for college.

But it was the end of something. ``Can you pick me up, Mom?" ``What's for dinner?" ``What do you think?"

I was the sun and they were the planets. And there was life on those planets, whirling, non stop plans and parties and friends coming and going, and ideas and dreams and the phone ringing and doors slamming.

And I got to beam down on them. To watch. To glow.
And then they were gone, one after the other.

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