I knew the day would come. The day when my babies are ready to leave the nest. My oldest, Christopher, is leaving the nest. He and his girlfriend, Sarah, signed a lease on an apartment. They get the keys on October 9th. I am so very excited for them, but sad as well.
I have never been one of those parents who look forward to my kids going back to school after summer break. I love spending time with my boys. We spend a lot of time outside, playing frisbee, shooting hoops, throwing the football around, or just playing in the yard with the dogs.
When Christopher went to college, he was 8 1/2 hours away from home, up in the UP of Michigan. Someone told me when he started school up there that eventually I would get used to him being gone and then it would be an adjustment having him home again. That never happened. I never got to used to him being gone, just accepted it. And he wasn’t close enough to go visit often.
When he graduated and moved back home, I was ecstatic! Of course, I knew the goal was to find an awesome job and eventually be out on his own. That’s how it works. Kids grow up and leave home to make their own way. And, of course, that’s what I want for him. But, I will be sad to see him go.
I want to do whatever I can to make his move as smooth as possible. He’s not going to be as far away this time, just a very short drive. So I will be able to visit once in a while and they will be able to come home to see us as well.
His move also has me thinking about how short the time is until Adam graduates from high school and goes on to college. I don’t know where he will end up going to school, but I can hope that it’s not too far away. Life will certainly be different when they are both gone.
So, Christopher, I love you. I’m proud of you! You are an amazing young man and I know that you have great things ahead of you. I’m excited for you and Sarah. I know it’s been hard to only see each other on the weekends because of not living in the same town. You two are a great couple and I love her like the daughter I never had. Please don’t ever forget that I am always here for you. If you need anything, just ask!
I knew the day would come, but I also knew I wouldn’t be ready when it got here!