Thursday, September 1, 2011

The parting

Another summer comes slowly to an end by way of sending our kids back to school, our older ones off to college and our selves back into the rhythm of the working routine.
Today I am sad; my second oldest boy had to fly back to Europe, back to his life and studies, so far away from us. We will miss him dearly. 
Every parting pulls on my heart and in these moments I reflect on distances and our wants and wishes. 
But it is as nature has intended it: The young ones need to go off without us, learn on their own terms and we need to let them go!
There is the driving and packing, hugging and kissing, tears and laughter, last minute advise and the hope for phone calls.
Although my older children have been away from me for long, it's the same every time never the less: 
My motherly instinct comes forward and for seconds I imagine them lost without me...
But no, they will do fine, they will call and they will go on without me!
I am happy to have such loving children, strong and independent, full of life!
I tell them often how much I love them! 
That is what they need to hear!

I feel a little lost too at these times, but I will go on as well, looking forward to reunions and the sweet moments of arrivals home!
The texts written and received and the hour long talks, walks around the block and the meals cooked together!
To listen to their adventures, the news, the heart breaks and the victories, the tough decisions and the battles lost!
They need us to be there, in the distance, but ready!

There is so much to look forward to!
Good speed, my boy and wonderful beginnings!

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac


  1. I know those feelings so well.....such a bittersweet time...Keep busy for the next few days...that's what I always do....xv

  2. As Vicki says be a mum!

  3. Thank-you for inspiring me to look ahead on the road of life. As much as I have prepared my sons to leave and to fly away and spread their wings, I also feel "two less" in my home. In no time, they will come home to share extraordinary moments, good food, and celebrate life as a family with new friends.
    So glad I was able to meet your son. He is a gentleman and a scholar.

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  5. hey mama, thanks for all those words which are so sweet to read and just as true. i know how you're feeling and hope that this will comofort you at least a little bit. also i hope that you, antol and the rest of the gang really enjoyed the time! will be there sooooon! much love, eugen


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