Just in case you're interested I didn't cry.....well not in front of her anyway....I smiled and hugged her, said 'have fun sweetpea, love you' and climbed into the car with a wave and a smile. Three minutes later on the motorway home I could be brave no longer and asked my husband, between gulps and sobs and tears, if he could turn the car around and we could not leave her at university please. Quietly (for he was a bit emotional himself) he reminded me that she was fine, would have a great time, and that I should have a good cry and get it all out and then concentrate on carrying on.
One week and a bit later, and having used skype for the first time (oh the wonders of the modern world) I have changed her bed, hoovered her room, and am now looking forward to seeing her sometime in the next few weeks. I have seen the photos of the new people she is enjoying making friends with, heard about the parties and the drinks, and believe with all my heart that she will be happy and involved and live, love, laugh and learn. What more could I want for my beautiful girl?
So the dreaded departure came and went and all was well........I am using my favourite photo of her as a bookmark though.
p.s. To all the kind people who have read my whiny scribblings over the past few months, and commented so sagely....thank you...each and everyone of you....you are good folk and I appreciate each and every comment.