The last week has been hectic. We have been packing, going to parties and sharing the obligatory separation anxiety as manifested in many mom and daughter fights. I should have expected this - the same thing happened when my oldest daughter went to college three years ago. It still hurts the same.
We spent the last night in Eagle to be closer to the Vail airport for her 6:23 AM flight. As she reminded me often in those 12 hours - it was our last dinner together and the last night we would "cuddle" in a hotel together. Just like her sister she plans to spend next summer with friends and only come home every once in a while. (we will see about that Alex!)
|Alex did not forget her bowling ball|
And just like thousands of families across the country I cried when I sent my baby off on a plane. I worried about her making her connection in Denver and I convinced myself everything would be fine.
|The commuter planes go back and forth to Denver all day long|
And it was.....Alex arrived in Denver without delays, followed the signs to "all flights", found a United representative, asked for the gate number to Cincinnati, waited for her zone to be called and took her seat (2A - thanks to the United representative at Vail).
Her father met her in Cincinnati, where they collected her bags and headed to Aunt Mary Beth and Uncle Pete's house. Today they will shop for college and tomorrow at 1 PM Alex will be a college student at University of Cincinnati. She is enrolled in TAP, a program for people with developmental disabilities in its second year at UC.
|Alex loves little kids - this is her cousin "Jillie Bean"|
Is this remarkable? No. College has been Alex's dream for a long time, just like her peers and just like her siblings. I just needed to learn to listen.
Is this remarkable? Yes. Only 15 years before Alex's birth in 1993 Doctors were recommending babies born with Down syndrome be institutionalized. It was only three years before Alex's birth the original IDEA was enacted, calling for services to support all learners in public schools. And it is only recently that select colleges and universities across the country have embraced curriculum that support students with developmental disabilities in college classrooms.
We live in remarkable times.
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