Thursday, July 10, 2014
It was a cool morning, but had a sticky feel in the air, so I knew today was going to be a humid day.
I have next week off and I'm very ready for it. I'm hope to get some sewing done.
It was also a milestone in a parent's life for me and David and for our son. Joshua moved out today. He moved out in a big way, like around 350 miles away, kind of way. I know that many parents have survived this particular milestone but until you experience it, it truly doesn't hit home. As I talked to my son and helped him get some last minute items boxed up, this morning, I told him it was probably the first time in my 29 years of "work life" that I woke up without an alarm and was ready for work with plenty of time, and I mean plenty of time to spare. We chuckled about it and he told me I was just "antsy" because of the day, and he was right.
I'm excited for him and am very proud of the young man he has become. I know that he will do well and am trusting God to watch over him, since I can't anymore.
So it began around 6:00 a.m. He and a friend of his who helped him move drove away with their cars loaded down and packed to the seams.
6 hours and 52 minutes later I received a text saying he made it safely and was moved in.
The worst part for me is in the moments where I am alone with my thoughts, like at work. I know you are probably thinking "at work?", but when you have job that is rather mundane, it is easy for your mind to dwell on others things as you accomplish your work. So when the sadness over my son moving out would try to creep in I made a conscious effort to stop, take a deep breath, let it out slowly, and try to think of something else. That doesn't mean my eyes stayed dry all day; I would be lying if I told you they did. I had some tears of worry and sadness at first, then some tears of relief and joy when I knew he was safe. I was able to hold it together for the most part and want to thank my family and friends who prayed for Joshua's safety while traveling and who prayed for me to be able to cope with it today. I honestly believe the power of those prayers helped me get through the day.
I mentioned at the top of this blog the stickiness in the air this morning... well I got a taste of the fruits of that humidity on my lunch break today. A storm moved in. It wasn't too bad when I left for lunch, but it got heavier and darker as my lunch hour progressed. I stayed out in my car for most of my lunch and as I sat there it got to where it was raining so hard I couldn't see out my car windows and my car was being buffeted by the wind. When it let up a little, I grabbed my handbag and my umbrella and made a mad dash to the office. Needless to say with the wind blowing and rain coming down like it was, my umbrella didn't help much. I was soggy when I got in and the gray hairs I have been blessed with were having a dance party on my head.
Well, that's if for now. Hope all is going well for you and yours.
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