Ramona Singer’s daughter Avery has just graduated from high school, and to celebrate, Ramona and Mario took her on a vacation to Africa where they left the city’s cell phones for some fresh air and a “spiritual” experience with nature!
Some might think a high school graduate would have leaned more towards Paris, or a Caribbean getaway but Ramona wanted something different and special for Avery before she leaves the nest and heads to college at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ramona tells Radar Online, “Avery is my only child and she is graduating from high school and going into college and that is a major transition for her.”
“And it’s going to be a major transition for me because she is on her way growing up and separating herself from us and I wanted to create a really beautiful memory and do something really different,” explains Ramona.
Ramona reveals that Avery has always wanted to go to Africa, and their trip was full of fun but also a lot of giving back. “Avery is big on helping children,” Ramona tells the site. “And I’m involved with the Empower Africa Foundation, so we went to some of the schools and to an orphanage that was built in one area. We are involved in helping to raise money. We wanted to see where the money goes.”
The Real Housewives of New York City star raves about how Avery was very happy and had a lot of fun playing with the African children and singing and dancing with them! “Avery has a very special soul,” gushes Ramona. “I’m very proud of her. She is very grounded. She’s bright and outgoing and she has a big heart.”
With Avery moving to college, Ramona is sad to see her only child move away for the first time. She dishes, “I have so many emotions going through me. I’m excited for her and happy and sad and confused. I feel a huge loss. Sometimes, this overwhelming emotion comes that feels like my heart is being ripped out.”
“Women don’t talk about how gut-wrenching and heart-wrenching it is when your child goes off to college. It is devastating for every woman,” adds Ramona. In the end, though, Ramona knows that this is something that has to happen, saying, “It’s going to be very difficult, but I have to let go. She has to grow.”
Nothing a few glasses of Pinot Grigio the first few weeks can’t fix! Avery seems like a sensible young lady and she will be fine. Thoughts on what Ramona had to say? Do you think this will show a new side of her on RHONY?