Change is inevitable. Watching my kids grow into themselves and begin their own lives is a victory. I am so proud of who they have become; both good, hard-working men. As a mom though, it is hard when they move on.
One of my sons is moving to another state soon. He will be about twelve hours from home. I realize that isn’t a ridiculously long way away, but for me it is. I don’t drive in the city or really anywhere too far from home. I’ve never been able to, as I am so nervous about it. That leaves me at the mercy of others who are willing to take me.
I can’t complain, as it is me who won’t drive. I frustrate myself, but still can’t force myself to do it. Luckily I have a fabulous husband and friends. I’ve already had a friend offer to take me, and he hasn’t even moved yet. I am so thankful for the people in my life who don’t judge my idiosyncrasies.
I am so relieved that we have the technology that can keep us in close contact, allowing me to see them as well as talk to them. Back when I was in college, I only had the phone to talk to my boyfriend, now husband of 26 years. That shows how fast life moves and the swift rate at which change happens.
Hold those little ones close, and enjoy the time you have with them. People aren’t just saying the years fly by. They really do fly by. Before you know it, your children are grown and you forget all of the tough parts of raising them for the most part.
Don’t fear though, there are incredible things that happen at all ages, even once they are on their own. Life is full of ups and downs, for ourselves and our children. As parents, we will be there for both, doing what moms do, loving them.