Leaving the Nest
July 28, 2010
Over the last few weeks, we have watched nests being built, baby birds being protected, and fed by their parental units. The baby birds learn to fly and eventually leave their nests for their own adventures. We identified the birds as barn swallows, but that part isn't as important as the inspiriation they provided for this post.
Many of our conversations at the Circulation Desk have been about your children going away to college. The joys of growing up, concerns of going away, the financal headaches, and the growing up heartbreak. Funny how this growing up stuff can be both joyful and heartbreaking for parents and students. MCPL has been the home for many families and we've seen your children grow up too. We have many resources on preparing and leaving for college. We have databases to practice tests, books for scholarship seekers, and this great little book, Sending Your Child to College; The Prepared Parent's Operational Manual by Marie Pinak Carr. In her introduction, she writes, "I wish I knew then what I know now. How many times have we all heard this?" The book offers everything from getting organized, to kitchen table connections, including checklists.
Congrats to everyone leaving the nest and heading off into the world for their own adventures. Don't forget we're here to help as you continue your learning process.