And the last semester begins…

Lydia returns to college today for her last semester.  She’s had a good winter break: family and friends, yoga, traveling and shopping, basketball games and job interviews.

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When she’s around my basketball knowledge increases.  I’m quizzed while eating breakfast: name 5 players on the Knicks (full names), name as many NBA teams as you can (there are 16), and questions like what’s a 3-pointer?  We attended one game with her and turned down tickets to go Sunday. Going without her wouldn’t be nearly as fun.

We’ve discussed possible job interview questions and she’s debating whether she wants to stay on the East Coast (New York City) or try West Coast living. She loves the weather there and the easy access to the outdoors.  We went to a yoga class together; I managed not to embarrass her.

Her jacket, made from manmade materials, deteriorated, shedding bits of plastic everywhere. It was time for a replacement and a real leather jacket. She’s a shopping ace- she knows exactly where to park for which store and knows exactly what stores she’s going to. She navigates the mall like a sailor at sea, fast and efficiently. I never go there unless I’m with her.

She shopped in my closet, finding a pair of funky pants she used to despise on me and now coveted.  They look better on her and she has more use for them; she goes to more parties than I do. “I’m going to rock these pants,” she said.  0-6

It’s her last season of college tennis; we’ll get to as many matches as we can. I’ll sit with the other parents, wistfully sighing about how fast time flew and how much our girls have grown as players, teammates, and leaders.  DSC_1095DSC_1037

She has a comprehensive paper to write for her major and an independent study project. Plus tap dance and photography.  It’s her last semester; she should take advantage of what liberal arts has to offer.

After a quick breakfast of tea and toast– she’s fighting a cold– she left. Driving alone, more independent than when we first brought her three years ago.  


About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. ( I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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25 Responses to And the last semester begins…

  1. Love the quizzes! Cliff does that. Drives me nuts. You need to study up for the next visit and surprise her. I think deep down our kids like it when we impress them.

    What’s her paper on? Her independent study? I love to hear about college research.


  2. judy says:

    So fun to hear how mothers spend time with their daughters…they are so fun and our worst critics!
    Actually, I think secretly they like to test us and then show that they know more than we do!!!
    A nice post and I know you will miss her. Time flies. They grow up so quickly. Our joy to watch the journey.


  3. Your motherly pride shines with each descriptive word. Lucky daughter, to have such a supportive mother, and lucky you to have such a charming, wonderful daughter.


  4. Such bitter sweet life events. Lovely post Lisa. Your pride does indeed shine through and she is a beautiful girl, who clearly embraces life. Nice.


  5. You must be so proud of her! She sounds like a bright, fit and always-on-the-go kind of person.


  6. Louise G. says:

    I remember the days of ‘the last semester’. and now, my youngest is talking about a master’s and has her plan all mapped out. How did she get here so fast? Where was I as she leapt from infancy to adulthood? Did I blink?

    and oh yes — the ‘please don’t let me embarrass her’ in yoga class talk! tee hee — I did anyway, even though I didn’t try!


  7. Sounds like a wonderful whirlwind semester break. Mine is still ‘shopping my closet’ every time she returns home! I hope you have your graduation reservations planned – believe it or not, I was told to do this when the early acceptance letter came in!!


  8. hugmamma says:

    Sounds like we have something very precious in common…our daughters. Is yours an only child? Mine is. Your daughter’s an athlete, so’s mine…a ballet dancer. She’s danced professionally for 10 years, since she was 16. She lives in the east, but is considering a move to…who knows where.

    All kinds of good luck…prayers…and hugs…to your special, young lady! 🙂


    • I have 2 older sons- 26 and 28 and 3 grands– 3, 18 months and 15 months. The boys are nearby- one in NJ and one in NYC, not sure where she’ll end up!

      On Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 9:02 PM, cyclingrandma


      • hugmamma says:

        A son would’ve been nice. But we were fortunate enough to have our daughter. She was born 16 years after we were wed. A miracle, for sure.

        enjoy your wonderful brood… 🙂


  9. Leaves don’t fall far from the tree. You guys are so much fun! Yay for just one more semester!


  10. Leah says:

    Your post is bittersweet. And a preview of what I have in store one day for me and Sophie. Thanks for sharing!


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