Posted by Southwest Beverages on 8/16/2015
was one of the most difficult days of my life. It was the day I said goodbye to
my oldest daughter, Tori, who was starting college in three days. The morning
started off like every Saturday morning, breakfast with Kenny, my husband, Tori
and our two boys, Kane-16 and Deshi-14, except this morning I had prepared Tori’s
favorite breakfast-blueberry pancakes, bacon and a scrambled egg. Within
seconds of me sitting down, my eyes began to tear. I knew this would be the
last Saturday breakfast we would have as a family for next three months. “It
will be OK, Mom,” Tori comfortingly said, as she gave me a hug and I cried in
her arms. “Thanksgiving will be here before you know it.”
from our home in Peabody, Massachusetts to Middlebury College in Middlebury,
Vermont was a little less than four hours. With the exception of the last
half-hour of the drive, when I realized my time with my daughter was dwindling,
I said virtually nothing. I thought about all the joy Tori has brought into my
life. She was my only daughter and my best friend. Upon seeing the first sign
for Middlebury College I began to cry uncontrollably. The realization that I
was dropping my baby off at college became overwhelming. I don’t know how I’m
going to get through the next two hours,” I thought quietly to myself as I
wiped my eyes with a tissue, while Kenny patted my knee.
checked in at the administration office we drove the short half mile to Tori’s
assigned dorm, Stewart Hall, a dorm of 139 first year students. As soon as Kenny
stopped the car, we were met by two students with luggage racks. “I guess this
is it,” Kenny said with a shaky voice to Tori as he extended his arms out
towards her. I watched as Kenny gave Tori a big, warm fatherly hug, while whispering
to her, “Everything will be fine. You are so ready for college. I am so proud
of you and always remember, your Daddy loves you.”
overcome by my emotions, I embraced Tori. For the next minute Tori and I hugged,
saying nothing, expressing our love for one another as only a mother and
daughter could. “I am going to miss you so much,” I managed to say as I
loosened my embrace and put my hands around her face.
“I love you, Mom!” Toni said compassionately
as she gave me one last kiss and turned to walk away.
“I love you,
honey,” I called out after Tori had taken a few steps and turned towards me.
called out as Tori approached the front door of Stewart Hall. “Here!” Kenny
proclaimed, as he walked towards Tori extending his arm holding a box of
Kemosabe chocolate Irish cream flavored gourmet coffee. “You can’t go off to
college without your favorite coffee.”
Written by Bob Jenkins, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of
Bob has had the privilege of working for some of America's largest
and well run public and private companies, including Philip Morris, Canada Dry, Dr
Pepper, Cadbury Schweppes, Snapple Beverage Corporation, Tasker Capital Corp. and
The Water Club and River Cafe - two of New York's finest fine dining restaurants. He
has worked in various capacities as Finance Manager, Controller, Director of Finance,
Vice President Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, and
Bob holds a Masters of Business
Administration degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of
Science degree in accounting from the University of Arizona.
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