Later on tonight, Eliot's youngest sister, Elissa, arrives in Maine for college. On one hand, it's hard to believe that the nine year old girl I first met about eight years ago is ready to go off to college. But on the other hand, I see what a beautiful, smart, strong and caring young woman she's become and I know it's time.
Later on tonight, Eliot and I will pick Elissa up at the airport. We'll take inventory of all her dorm stuff in our basement that's been mailed out ahead of time. We'll take her shopping for any dorm room and college supplies she wasn't able to bring or mail ahead. Then, the three of us will enjoy one last bit of "summer" on Saturday before getting ready to move her in to UNE on Sunday.
Time certainly flies. But I have to admit how excited Eliot are to have Elissa so close by. She's stayed with us for 5-6 weeks over the past two summers for "Camp Cady" and it's been a blast. From going to Old Orchard Beach, to Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Six Flags, the Yankee Candle Flagship Store, going to movies, shopping at the mall, working on crafts, going mini golfing to enjoying all that Maine has to offer, we've had a lot of fun. And while her primary reason for being here is to get an education, I'm sure that there will be plenty more fun to be had along the way!
To me, this new beginning feels more like a homecoming of sorts. A welcome home to our favorite summer camper.
Welcome to your new home Elissa. While California and San Jose will always be home, know that you're welcomed with open arms to your other home. Eliot and I can't wait to see where this new adventure takes you! °o°