NEW YORK, NY - JULY 13: A model walks the runway during the General Idea - Runway - NYFW: Men's July 2017 at Skylight Clarkson Sq on July 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

This is my mother, Beverly Beckham’s classic column, first published in 2006, but a perennial favorite. Sorry if  you have to reach for tissues! – LBD

I was the sun, and the kids were my planets - The Boston Globe

Editor's note: Some parents are sending their son or daughter off to college for the first time, saying goodbye not only to the bright-eyed college-bound child but also to life as they knew it. It is a momentous change. When this column was first published in August 2006, many readers told us it expressed how they felt.