Mom Drops Son Off For College Before Finding Loving Notes He Left For Her All Over The House

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

For most parents, there’s no bigger moment than dropping your child off at college.

While high school students often look forward to the moment they can move out of Mom and Dad’s house, it can be upsetting for parents.

It’s hard to say goodbye to your children, no matter how old they’ve gotten.

Cheryl Gottlieb Boxer had to drop her college-bound son off at school in the fall, but she didn’t realize it would be just as hard to let him go for the second semester.

She dropped him off at the train so he could head back to school, but she immediately started missing him. When she got home, the house was quieter than normal, and it felt empty.

After feeling sad about missing her son, Cheryl started finding notes in random places all around the house — and they were all from him.

Photos: Facebook / No Sick Days For Mom—Cheryl Gottlieb Boxer, Writer

[H/T: Babble]

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Cheryl shared her story on the Facebook page Grown and Flown, where it got a lot of attention.

Within three days, the post had over 890 shares and over 11,000 reactions.

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Cheryl wrote:

Today we dropped our son off at the train station to return to college for the spring semester of his freshman year.

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I returned home and found the house too quiet. I missed his chatter, his guitar music and video games.

Every corner of the house felt barren in his absence.


And then I started finding notes. Everywhere. He left me notes in all the places he knows I’ll find them. “Have a nice bath” on the edge of the bath tub.

“You look beautiful” on the mirror of my medicine cabinet. “I love you” inside my coffee maker.

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Finding these notes has made me so happy. And I keep finding more. Each note I find I’m afraid is the last, but then I find another.

When he called me with a travel update I asked him why he left them, and he told me because he doesn’t want me to forget him.

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As if that’s possible.

I assume by now he has found the note I left inside the dinner I packed for him. “Be careful and I love you.”

Because I don’t want him to forget me either.

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People were absolutely moved by Cheryl’s story, and they shared their thoughts in the comments.

“What a lucky Mom you are to have such a thoughtful young man,” one woman wrote. “I think he is lucky too! You’ve done a great job!”

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“Such a sweet gesture,” another woman wrote. “Before I was good about texting I would write notes to family when they were away for long weekends.”

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Another woman shared her own story of leaving a note for her mom.

She said: “I once left an ‘I love you’ note taped to my mom’s bathroom mirror when I went back to college after break. It’s still there 27 years later.”

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Do you ever leave notes for loved ones?

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