Sunday, March 29, 2009

Back to School

That's Sonny Boy and Girlfriend of Sonny Boy heading back to college today after spending their spring break back in the bosoms of their families.

Like all parents, we stood on the sidewalk waving until the car rounded the bend and we could not see it any longer and like all parents we were filled with mixed emotions.  We are so stinkin' proud of that boy and so happy he is happy and thriving at college.  However, for me at least, there's always also that lump in my throat when I hug him goodbye.  

Spring Break was a time for hometown maintenance for SB.  He got his car fixed at the local shop, he went to see his hairdresser and got his hair cut, and he went to his favorite stores and stocked up on food he can only seem to find around here.  I hope it was also maintenance for his inner being as well, that he felt the steadfastness of his parents, remembered the bond he has with his brother, and even got in some time with his dog and cats.

When he arrived home about a week ago, I shared with him a parent's greatest Spring Break fear: when the child comes back, he looks around and thinks, "Are these people in a time warp or something? How do they stand it?"  While he's been in the fast lane of learning and independence, it must seem frustrating to come back to these laggards in the slow lane, doing what we always do, saying what we always say.

He smiled and said, "Don't worry, Mom. I think you're still really cool."

Thanks Sonny Boy.  

See you this summer. 


5 comments:

Susan said...

I miss Sonny Boy!

Bossy Betty said...

Me too!

Anonymous said...

oh! i'm all choked up!

pg

Anonymous said...

oh! i'm all choked up!

pg

Bossy Betty said...

Me too!