There is something that I really don't know how to say in English, can anyone please help? When a colleague tell me that her only son is in college now, what I want to say to her but don't know how to put in decent and native English is:

1. Wow! In college already? He will be able to start off his life and make a living himself soon.
And then,
2. Congratulations. You, as a parent, will be free again and get back your life soon.

It is very weird to ask this question in English, hope I make my question clear enough. Smile
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I might say "Wow! In college already? He'll be off on his own soon." (This means he'll soon be supporting himself.)

I might say "Congratulations" (but more likely to do that when he finishes university). I might say "So you have your freedom now."

But I might instead say "The nest will soon be empty" which hints that the parents might be lonely when their child is gone from home.

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