My quiet emptiness

What does it feel like when your first child leaves for college? Mine left last week...her first time away from family! Even though I was excited for her to leave so she could have new experiences, there is a void inside me that I cannot describe. When I think of her tears swell up in my eyes, when I talk to her I feel like hugging and kissing her, when I see that she is emotional, I get emotional too. I think about her so many times during the day - hoping that she is happy in her new environment, has made friends, is eating healthy but also secretly wishing that she is missing me. Time just flew by before she left making all the necessary arrangements, cooking her favorite dishes, shopping