Our expert says:
Good responses from other readers. Its not uncommon to react in this way, though maybe not to too severe a degree. He's a man, and you've done a good job that he feels confident enough to make such a big move on his own. Maybe he hesitated to tell you earlier, fearing how you might react. You would have more good reason to worry and feel bad if he was unable to leave your side and venture out into the world.
Maybe menopause isn't helping much. You don't mention other people - are there other children, a husband, relatives, friends ? Surely you're not going to be entirely alone ?
This is one of the late stages in the marvellously challenging role of being a parent, and as important as the earlier ones. Congratulations on having brought up an independent and competent young man !
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