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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A New Journey

Dreading this day and here it is. Nick boarding a plane, leaving for college. Who thought of this idea? Although I am very proud of this young man I am sad. My heart hurts! It feels empty because I will no longer have my lunch buddy. For nearly 19 years this child of mine has sat across from me and had lunch with me! We shared our day with each other. We spent lots of time together watching "Arthur" on T.V. In case you don't know, Arthur is an aardvark. We watched Arthur grow up on PBS.

Do you know the song "You Are My Sunshine"?  It plays in my head as I write today. But I say you are my "son"shine! I like music, it helps make me feel better.  But if someone walked through my door and turned on the radio and I heard "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison I would burst into tears again! You see, I happen to love that song! It is one of those songs you can crank up on the radio and sing along to! Nick's sisters and I have trapped him inside the car and sang that song at the top of our lungs! You see, Nick dislikes that song, intensely! So whenever I hear it I think of Nick!

I know leaving home and getting a college education is a good thing. I know Nick is blessed. He will receive lots of wonderful encouragement. He will run with a new team and make new friendships. It will be a wonderful experience.

I will learn to handle it all. I start to think about loved ones and many people I don't even know who have lost their children and will have to wait for eternity to see them again. So I know I am fortunate to have Nick. I will hug him, kiss him and hold him close than I will turn and let him go. He deserves his own adventure. His journey has just begun.

"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness." Honore de Balzac

"Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process." John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life." Abraham Lincoln

"Be careful to leave your sons well instructed, rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant." Epictetus

NOTE:  I participate in the Senior Birthdays over at Colorado Lady.  I have my cards ready to mail and each senior gets one dollar for most of us that participate. One month a sweet little lady in the nursing home had no shoes of her own! Our dollars helped her get a pair so she would not need to borrow shoes from her friend. It is just a feel good kind of program to participate in. I purchase cards at the Dollar Tree store so I get a lot of cards for my money and they are beautiful and thoughtful.

I am just asking anyone who would send Nick a birthday card (August 20) to email me for his address. He seems to be ok but I think he will feel a little sad on his birthday so far from home. If you want to send a card e mail me at and I will send you his address.

I have found that making a person smile is one of the most joyful things we can do. If you don't participate with Suzanne please stop by her blog and she will gladly send you the names and addresses of the seniors. Also if you have a senior to share just e mail her and she will add them to the September list and so on. Thanks for listening, Enjoy your day!

"A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money." John Ruskin 


Loui♥ said...

how beautiful and poignant!
many of us have been down the path your are trodding today..
Your son will return..
focus on something else instead of grief today...
thanks for stopping by and leaving such sweet comment..
the story do photos..
hugs and smiles..

Denise said...

Such a sweet post, praying for you.

Parsley said...

It's not easy when they leave the nest. HUGS

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Aw, sweet Anne,
I'll be praying for your momma heart as your son goes off to college. I'm confident that you and your husband have given him a really good foundation upon which to build his new life as an adult :) :) I'll be praying for you and for him, too!!! Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :) :) :)

Sweet Tea said...

Oh, I DO understand.
I am happy for this opportunity for Nick but It does make a Mom's heart ache. I hope he's not so far away that he can't come home occassionally. ((Hugs))

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I know exactly how you feel. It is so hard even when you know it is the right thing.

This will be the start of a new and wonderful relationship, believe me.



Jenny said...

Oh Anne.

Darn if letting go isn't wicked hard.

He is a wonderful young man. It would be impossible to not miss him!

Sending you a giant hug and prayers for peace.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Beautiful post and beautiful photos my friend ... and BIG HUGS too!!!!

Mevely317 said...

Beautiful, from-the-heart share, Anne! I hope Nick reads these words and smiles a little smile for his best lunch buddy.

Theresa said...

Big HUGS to you dear friend! I know that your Son will be missing you at lunchtime too:) Have a blessed evening and I know you will be looking forward to the time when you get to see him again!!!!!

Intense Guy said...

Hugs ya tight.

Nick has been brought up so well, I just know he will do well in school and continue to make you proud. I bet he sat in the lunchroom the first few days wondering if "lunch would ever be the same".

I hope you can let him "find his way" and let him loose on the world! (It needs nice guys like him, you know!)

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you have a great relationship and a tight bond. And today, with the many modes of communication we have, you could still join him for lunch via your respective computers. Take care...

VBR said...

beautifully said. much luck to your son Nick as he starts off on this exciting adventure. lovely post.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I'm sorry I saw this post too late tpo ask for Nick's address to send him a BD card, Anne. I hope he has a very happy birthday day tomorrow at college. I know it is hard to see a son go far away, but I hope Nick will be able to come home for visits and share all his exciting news with you very soon!