My oldest sister Hope left for college today. She’s been packing and getting ready to go all week, and it feels sort of surreal now that she’s actually gone 4 hours away at school. We were up late last night talking about it all for a few hours, and she said one thing to me that I’m not ever going to forget: “Don’t ever not need me.” Anyway, she left this morning with dad and mom, who are dropping her off, but I don’t think that it’s all quite sunk-in yet, you know? She’s always been here for me, whenever I needed to talk, get advice, or just hang out…and it’s not going to be like that anymore. Of course we can email, text, have phone dates, but I don’t think it’ll be quite the same at all. It seems like not too long ago we were little kids and talking about our plans, dreams, and “what we wanna be when we grow up”. Now she is grown up and at college…it gets me feeling all nostalgic. It’s kind of hard to believe that this day has come already! I am super pumped for her in this new chapter of her life though, and I can’t wait to hear all about her experiences and how things are going. I know she’ll do great, but I sure am going to miss her.