My sister is leaving for college tomorrow.
Ever since she started taking gifted (honors) classes in middle school she has been planning and preparing for this day. We all have, as a family. She is my only sibling, and we are 6 years apart.
I knew that she was brilliant the day she taught herself algebra just by gazing at my homework. I couldn't believe it, but I remember it like it was yesterday. She was coloring something while I tapped my pencil on the table and slouched my head against my left shoulder. She looked over at my homework page and said, "x equals (#)." I stared at her and smiled, thinking to myself *its not that easy*. Low and behold, she was right. I checked my work three times to be sure. When I asked her how she figured it out she said, "oh- I just did it in my head."
That was 10 years ago.
Flash forward- after receiving a $10k per year scholarship to a private high school, being inducted into the National Honors Society, and receiving an $80k scholarship to a fantastic college- she's finally packing her bags. She has worked hard for this moment, but it is only a step towards the next chapter in her life.
I couldn't be more proud.
It is odd to say "see you at Thanksgiving!" Instead of "see you later." Its hard to imagine her not being in my parents house. I haven't cried (yet?) but I did hug her... Twice. My last words of advice to her were:
Have fun. Be smart. Be safe.
I can only hope for the best as she moves up in the world, and on with her life.