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
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.