Sunday, May 13, 2007
I got the best Mother's Day gift in the world last night when my daughter called to let me know she was safe and sound in her new apartment. It took over 16 hours to get there and she sweetly called me at rest stops in Kentucky and Indiana and once on the road in Illinois. In a way I almost felt like I was on the road with her except I was home with computer access to check for sunset times in various states so she'd know if she needed to memorize a bunch of exits, etc. I hope that the next few years will be a great experience for her. She's been forewarned by people who have gone to law school about how hard it will be but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. I am once again an empty nester and I'm sure it will be an adjustment but it was relatively easy when she went to undergraduate school and that was after having her with me her whole life. This time she was only here for a little over 4 months. I'm sure part of why I have almost a greater sense of having an empty nest this time is because of the permanence. When she went to college I assumed she'd be home summers and didn't think of her as being an adult yet. It has sunk in that at 22 she's the same age I was when I got married and she's going to school 16 hours away in a car (three cheers for airplanes to close the distance). There is a sense of permanence I didn't feel when she was off before. I would so much rather it be like this though than for her to lack the confidence to move to far off ports as it were. I guess I'll wrap this up since Bill's taking me out for mother's day brunch. One good thing is Monday I have to go to the office and learn how to use a software add on and for at least 8 weeks work will be busy. Also, in there is my vacation trip to the mountains with Bill and I'm joining my sisters at the beach for a long weekend too. I guess my point is I won't have time to think too much about the whole empty nest business.