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August 26, 2014

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I had the super-junior version of this today with the 5 year old off to the first day of kindergarten. Stuck him on the school bus and he was happy as a clam.

If your sprog is interested, the Boston area has several awesome circus schools where non-professionals can take classes and practice. The term circus school is a bit deceptive since they're really acrobat schools. Off the top of my head there's Esh Circus Arts (where I study), Aircraft Aerial Arts, and The Trapeze School of NY (which is moving from the suburbs to downtown Boston); there are probably a few more besides.

Especially in partner acro, I've worked with many fliers who respond to things going pear shaped by excitedly saying "AGAIN!" while I'm terrified for them....

My husband and I did this about two and half weeks ago. Packed our daughter off to the University of Georgia, although the process was not nearly as efficient as what you describe. I expected to be very emotional when we left but was fine. We also have a child still at home, her younger brother, so we haven't had the empty nest experience yet.

I get what you're saying about the passage of time. When I think about things rationally, I know that the years have gone by slowly and inexorably. But emotionally, I also have the "My God, I can't believe we're here!" reaction.

Anyway, she's excited to be off on her (more or less) own, so we're excited for her. And Skype is awesome!

I delivered my oldest to a small college in Wisconsin last weekend, and the process was a lot like what Dr. Science described. If I'd known in advance what it was going to be like, I would have brought cash or some other gift of appreciation. Probably would have been declined, but it really did save us from the unpleasantness of lugging all of her stuff, and left us free to just do the installation.

Which we did. She's not good at setup and organization, yet.

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