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Letting them go....

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My son Mitch went on a road trip to LA (from Tucson, 8 hours away) with 2 friends to attend the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It is a music event, like a concert with 5 venues and hundreds of performers over the several days. They left early, early this morning so as to miss a lot of the heat.

I am thrilled that he is going. It honestly sounds like great fun (if you are young and into that). He worked really hard and saved a lot of money to be able to afford it. I pricelined them a beautiful hotel, in a fine neighborhood, so I know they can sleep safe, and I know that it is a perfectly natural thing to want to do when you are 20, but...... This is the first time ever that he has left like this, so I am a little bit of a basket case and found myself in tears over the boneless, skinless chicken breasts on sale at the grocery store this morning. (ah, geez, the poor butcher-giggle.) So no matter what a great game face I put on for him while he was preparing, I am a flustered mess. But holding my own. - sigh

They are good boys and they will be fine. That is my story and I am sticking to it.
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    From what I can tell, it is all part of being a great mom! My mom cried when I was almost 19 and moved across town. Then she cried when I was 20 and moved across the state. She cried when I was 24 and moved across the country. She almost held it together (in front of me, at least) when I was 35 and moved across the globe (to France.) I've been back in the country for just over 4 years now and when I told her I was moving to Hawaii ... well, I'm willing to bet there will be tears again when I see her next month.

    I think it is great that you have the kind of relationship where you can both be proud of him and yet cry that he's out there on his own. And since there hasn't been a post to the contrary since, I'm assuming he got back just fine :)
    2896 days ago
    They are good boys and they will be just fine. So Casie leaves for a year in Chile, in two weeks (but who is counting?...oh, that would be me, huh?) now it's your turn, you tell me, she's a good girl and it will be just fine...
    2919 days ago
    You can handle this!
    2919 days ago
    That is hysterical! rofl. "in tears over the boneless skinless chicken breast"? Ahh. Sorry. The butcher probably just added to his list of reasons why Men don't understand women. emoticon

    I've not experienced this yet . . . but I do remember my kids' first day of school . . . and I held it together and then bawled in the car with drivers looking at me with a mixture of pity and fear. emoticon I had another similar moment last month as my daughter did her final ceremonial walk around the school (the 4th grade goodbye parade) last month as they now "graduate" and move on to the Intermediate School. I can only imagine.

    You're a good mom, and it sounds like you love well. Hang in there. It'll be o.k., he's gonna be o.k. and you're gonna be o.k. too~

    2920 days ago
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