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Meredith Vieira tries to let son go — off to college

09/14/2007 at 09:25 AM ET

Today show co-anchor Meredith Vieira, 53, has dealt with a lot in her life and career but nothing compares to having to let her 18-year-old son, Ben, head off to college.  Meredith said in her journal,

I’ve been great on "the positive side" and sharing in hisexcitement. But I think I’ve put my emotions — and the real sense of lossI’ve been feeling — on the back burner. And because I’m essentially aperson that leads with my heart, it’s going to come out in one way oranother. So far I’ve broken out on my chin, I’m not sleeping well, andI find myself at a level of anxiety that doesn’t seem to have anythingattached to it.

I ask myself: "Why am I feeling anxious?" I think it’sbecause, for all my bravado, deep down I’m just really sad. I’m notshowing that to Ben, of course — I don’t want him to see that.

Even though Meredith is trying to hide her anxiety about son Ben leaving, it is on the brink of coming out.  She revealed,

The closest I came to letting it out was the other day when Ben’scollege held a gathering in the New York area. I was standing therewith Richard drinking a glass of wine, watching Ben, already at adistance in a circle of fellow freshman-to-be, with his back turned.And my eyes started to fill with tears, as I stood there, only a fewfeet from him.

Click below for more on her son leaving for college.

The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire host also tried to pull her son into her professional life as a way to hold on to him.

The first time I realized ‘this is going to behard’ I went right into ‘TV mode’. I thought I should document hisgoing-away-to-college fortelevision. We batted the idea around, and Ben was the first to say hedidn’t want a camera following him to campus. I realized that if Icouldn’t hold him in my personal life, I was going to try and pull himin through my professional life.

When it is all said and done, Meredith has realized some things.  She shares,

I had some other realizations: 1) I’ll get through this. 2) I have toallow myself to live it, experience it, and physically go through theKleenex.

Meredith and her husband, Richard Cohen, have two other children, son Gabe, 15, and daughter Lily, 14.

Source: Meredith Vieira at iVillage

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mary on

I so feel for her. Every year I cry one week before school starts and I keep crying about two weeks past.(I love my children home with us) one just started at a private Christian high school and two in private Christian elementary school. As a former teacher I wish my children would want to stay home and have me teach them. They are not going for it. Im glad that we have a toddler home to keep me busy.
I do not look forward to my oldest starting college. She wants to go to NYU (We live in Wisconsin)Just thinking about that makes my eyes well up with tears. But like Vieira and other parents out there we will get through it.

sarah on

Does anyone know where Meredith’s son is going to college?? Do you think he will also attend Tufts?

melissa on

he is not attending Tufts. i’m a student there and often watch Meredith on The Today Show. when she talked about her son going off to school, it was about a week after the freshmen had arrived on campus and classes had already started.

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