My wife is tuff; worked her way through Med School. Now she keeps folks alive while other people cut into them. She has been depressed the last couple of days, (tearing up now and then). She's been talking about how little time there is between the ends of school and regatta season before we take our daughter back for ID (about 2 weeks). Then today she put her finger squarely on what's bothering her: " Its not the short time left, its not 6 weeks worrying about how our daughter is doing. In her words "its that she is going to do the next phase of growing up without us. I'm not going to be there to see it. She will be different when she comes home. I won't get to see her grow, or help along the way, like I would have if she were at a regular college." I told her that she could alway occupy herself by seeing to it that I am comfortable, and that my wants needs were being fully met------------ but it didn't seem to help. So, heres my question: I still travel back East on business now and then. I don't go to DC much anymore but Boston/NYC are common stops in the neighborhood, ( at least as we see things out here on the West Coast). As a practical matter, if my wife and I were to visit Annapolis could our pleeb get off campus to have lunch or dinner with us? If we rolled into town on a Friday would we be able to have the day with her on a Saturday or Sunday? Not saying I want to hover around Annapolis, but we are loosing both Daughters to College this year and I can my wife just "Needing a Fix". She is one of my partners on paper, so she'd just be tagging along on a business trip. BTW: We are absolutely certain that the USNA was/is the best choice for our Daughter. We know it will give her the absolute best boost into adulthood. My wife knows this, its what she is feeling that's the problem.