Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Road Trip Report!

Hi everyone!

As many of you know, this past weekend, I flew up to meet my friend, Karen, who was dropping off her daughter, Hana, at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Here are the two beauties, touring the campus.



Here is the newest Duck!


(Yes, the school mascot is the Duck!)



See? One day on campus and Hana is already leaving duck footprints behind her!



I have known this girl since she was three years old. She is like a daughter to me and and I know she will do great at her new school!


Karen and I drove her van back down through California and guess what we discovered? By taking about a two hour detour, we could go and visit another very special person who goes to college in northern California!





Yes! I got to spend a couple of hours with one of my favorite people on earth! My son Evan! I miss this boy so much. A visit with him was just the medicine this Mama needed.



Karen and I covered a lot of ground both outside the van and inside the van. We talked the whole way, cried some, and also laughed a lot. I am lucky to have a wonderful friend like her.

It was a bit hard coming home to the same lonely house, the same problems here, and a lot of school work to do on top of everything else, but I am so glad I took this trip.

I saw new sights and got a little perspective. It did my heart good to see Hana and Evan, both beginning their own new adventures. They remind me that it takes bravery to venture into a place you've never been before and that's a lesson I can use right now.

Here's to road trips, both long and short!


49 comments:

Susan Fields said...

I'm glad you had such a great road trip and a wonderful time with your friend. Good luck to both Hana and Evan with the new school year!

Barbara Shallue said...

What a fantastic trip - hours of one on one time with a dear friend and getting to see your son. Thanks for sharing!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Betty .. sounded just what you needed - gave a little space to clear the cobwebs and to see the youngsters and their journeys ahead .. so pleased you were able to see Evan - and as you say .. wonderful friends in Karen and Hana .. look after yourself with thoughts .. Hilary

Madi and Mom said...

BB,
I'm so glad you and Karen had a good road trip. Much luck to the very pretty Hana, the newest Duck. Most of all you were able give and receive a hug from Evan!!
Hugs Madi and Mom

Lin said...

Oh, what a great trip! I'm glad you went to see Evan--I'm sure a hug from him helped a ton.

Be sure to lean on those friends now, Betty. That's what they are there for! And so are we. :)

Flartus said...

Oh, oh, oh...I am SO glad for you that you got to visit Evan. I am a bit jealous of Hana, starting out in Oregon. This post is full of optimism. Yep, this trip came at a good time!

Good luck getting back to the grindstone again.

Out on the prairie said...

Sounds like it offered some healing.I couldn't remember if they were the Ducks or Beavers.I like unusual mascots,there is a school here that is the Peacocks.

Teresa Evangeline said...

It sounds like the Perfect antidote to the other aspects of life you've been dealing with, and it looks like Evan was happy to see his mama, too. He probably needed to see you as much as you needed to see him.

Time with good friends is always time well-spent, and often much needed. I'm so glad you were offered both.

Eva Gallant said...

Glad you had a great trip. You, too, are going to a place you've never been before: divorced. Once you get the hang of it, I think you may find you like it.

Leah J. Utas said...

Sounds like it was a blast. And you're right. There are lessons everywhere.

Sara said...

Hurrahhhhhhh!!!!!! New beginnings are the best!

jenny_o said...

So glad you had a good trip with your friend and got to see your son!

ellen abbott said...

It was good to get away. So glad you got to see your son. Yeah, the house, the problems, stll there but now you have a little distance from them perhaps.

Kazzy said...

You have a rockin' attitude! Hang in there.

Linda said...

It doesn't take a LOT of friends...just a few GOOD ones...to help us over the rough spots. Karen sounds like one of those good ones. How nice that you were able to work in a visit with Evan, too. He's, no doubt, dealing with his own emotional trauma over HOB's desertion.

Hilary said...

Karen sounds like she's the kind of friend everyone should have. I'm glad you enjoyed the trip. I know how much it must have meant to you to see your boy. Hugs to you, Betty.

Anne Gallagher said...

Thanks for sharing your adventure. Wish I'd been there. I could use a good road trip.

Carol Kilgore said...

Here's to great road trips!

Old Kitty said...

BB!! You are looking just gorgeous and amazing as ever!!! And your boy is one handsome dude! Yay!! And Hana is the prettiest duckling ever with very proud mama Duck! Yay!!!!

So glad the road trip did you a world of good!! I hope you do many many many more!!! Take care
x

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Happy Homemaker said...

Nice post, Betty. I think that Karen is pretty lucky to have you as a friend, too!!!

Annie said...

Sounds like a lovely trip and one you needed.
I am so glad you have Karen as a friend.

Brian (not the cat) said...

Nice to see the old tooth camera back in action. Glad you had a fun and restorative trip.

SUGAR MOON said...

Great picture of you and Evan! He's a real cutie. That road trip sounds like the very thing you needed. Hope you have a happy week.

Susan in the Boonies said...

Awesome perspectives for you on that trip, Betty! So great to see you with Evan, gettin' some IRL love!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

This was just what you needed, you saw your friends and son all starting new lives and when the dust settles you will have that new life hard to say now but it will come.
Loved the pictures they were great.

Take care
Yvonne.

Ms. A said...

Sounds like the perfect trip, great companion and... YOU GOT TO SEE EVAN! How great is that!

Pat said...

Sounds like the trip did you a world of good! Your son is so handsome!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Sounds like a wonderful, well needed journey especially with the bonus of a visit with Evan. Northern Cal? What school does he go to? (Sorry I forgot. I think you mentioned he regrets not going to Chico State.)
Love to you,
xoRobyn

Brian said...

I'm glad you had a great trip and got to see some cute ducks!

Brian (the Cat)

Mandy_Fish said...

What an awesome perspective. Something tells me you're going to be okay.

Glad you had a great trip!

lisleman said...

Venturing into the unknown. We are all doing it to some degree everyday. You are right about comparing their adventures with the unknown to yours.
You might have more fun since you don't need to worry about a passing grade.
all the best

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Betty, so glad you got to see your son! I bet he was happy to see you and give his mom a hug.

Ann said...

I'm glad you went and had a good time. How great that you had the added bonus of getting to see Evan too.

Gigi said...

I'm so glad you went. It sounds like it was something you really needed. And I love that picture of you and Evan! I know spending some time with him was healing.

Peggy K said...

I'm always amazed at what our kids can teach us. So glad you had some time with Evan.
Hugs, BB.

Baby Sister said...

I'm glad you were able to get away for awhile. That can do a heart good. Especially getting to see your son. :)

Cloudia said...

this lovely post was medicine for us as well! Thank you.
Good luck, Duck - till you play Univ of Hawaii of course :-)


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Nicolasa @ {My}Perspective said...

How fun! What perfect timing for a trip like that!

Daisy said...

I'm so glad you got to take this trip, Betty, and I'm especially glad you got to see your son. I'm sure it did you much good. I hope you have a good week ahead. :)

karen said...

That trip was just the thing for you to do. And I notice that you learned a valuable truth: it does take bravery - at all ages - to venture into unfamiliar territory. But here's to bravery: take heart and march on!

ds said...

Amen! I'm glad you were able to accompany your friend--and get the extra bonus of visiting your son. A special trip, indeed. We should all take the side road once in a while. Hope the rest of your week goes well.

Catherine said...

Sounds like your road trip was just what the Doctor ordered Betty - good for you! And getting a chance to spend a few hours with your son - bonus!
Sending lots of hugs,
xo Catherine

Marlene said...

YAY to good friends and YAY to visiting loved ones...and YAY to fun road trips. You WILL be alright!

McGuffy Ann said...

Thinking of you...

faye said...

Your road trip sounded wonderful..
and you look mah-va-loos .....

Shan said...

Looks and sounds like a lovely time. I'm so happy that you got to see Evan. You look great, BB.

Hugs.

Sush said...

Oh how wonderful you made that side trip! I know Evan needed it as much as you!
You are a loving Mom...keep shining on!

Hugs~

Green Monkey said...

oh BETTY! you're doing great... one day at a time, one foot in front of the other, breath in breath out.... We're all here for you. ((((((Monkey HUG)))))