It's already the 4th day of 2011. Z's 3 weeks here will be almost over - he leaves in 4 days :(, to return to college.
School starts next Monday. W. will start the second half of 11th grade & before you know it, will be a senior. Then comes the college application process (sigh) & in the blink of an eye, my baby will be off to college. Argh.
I remember, as an adolescent & then as a medical student, how daunting the "many" (again, perception) years of impending study looked. First the PSLE*, then 'O' levels, then 'A' levels. And in medical school, the pre-clinical years seemed to stretch on forever & the final MBBS exam looked like a distant unreachable target.
But once out of university, time started to speed up, from one rotation to the next; and on a personal level, when the children came, time again seemed to just fly by... infancy, toddlerhood, elementary, middle then high school, and now college.
With an impending empty nest, I have already started thinking about how I will use my time. I must admit that a part of me is excited & am anticipating this new found freedom with relish. That is not to say that I will not miss having my boys around. But it's part of growing up & getting older, one of those milestones that every one of us have to encounter eventually.