I have always told my boys, “Fly. Be free. Fly from this nest and experience the world. If you decide West Michigan is the place you eventually want to put down roots, you can always come back.” So my eldest didn’t hesitate to choose a college 400 miles away. While most of my friends get regular visits from their kids on weekends or drive an hour to meet them for a quick dinner, I have to get creative to be the doting mom. His freshman year I tried to establish “the Sunday night phone call” ritual. I think it lasted a month. While I was counting down the minutes til Sunday my son was busy immersing himself in the college experience. I have learned that I can connect in other ways. Give me a laptop and access to Amazon Prime and I can hold my own in the doting mom category. Need groceries and can’t get to the store? I’m on it! Running low on socks? Can your laundry hold out two days? Heading to California for spring break? You’ll need some new clothes. Of course. Give me two days and you’ll receive your package. Is it exam time already? Cherry Republic Cherry Care Gift package with Boomchucka cookies will get you through those late night study sessions. While I cherish the visits I do get to have with my son, I have learned that love also travels well in a Fed Ex package.