Saying Goodbye To Your Daughter At College With Gourmet Coffee

Posted by Southwest Beverages on 8/16/2015

Yesterday 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.” 

The drive 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.

After we 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.”

Sobbing, and 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.

“Tori,” Kenny 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.”

dry mix beveragesWritten by Bob Jenkins, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Beverages

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 Treasurer.

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.

Southwest Beverages is a manufacturer and marketer of two brands of premium quality dry mix beverages: Sippity hot-cocoa mix and Kemosabe gourmet flavored coffee. All Southwest Beverages products are uniquely blended flavors that contain all the ingredients necessary for you to enjoy the ultimate hot beverage experience. Simply add water and stir-then sip, savor and enjoy.

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