So, this was a rough week. You may have noticed I wasn’t around much. This was the last week I had to spend with my daughter before she goes away to college. This separation is hard for me—I grew up with extended family everywhere, so I became used to always having people around. I like it that way. I thrive on it.
But because of employment opportunities, my husband and I left our hometown when our kids were just babies. For seventeen and a half years now, it’s just been us. And it’s been an adjustment. All these years later, I still feel lonely sometimes.
My son goes to college nearby, so I see him all the time. But my daughter is leaving. And I’m struggling with it. I can’t believe I’m not going to see her smiling face every day, listen to her rattle off a series of puns (each worse than the one before it), commiserate as she complains about this teacher or that subject. I won’t be watching her tennis matches or wondering if she had enough to eat and drink to stay healthy on the court. (Okay, I’ll still be worried about that.)
I thank God for the technology that will allow me to text and talk and see her on the screen. But it won’t be the same.
Combine her imminent departure with a death in the family, and it’s been a really hard week. That’s why I’m cheating and posting two quotes today. By two of my favorite authors. When I need to reconnect with our beautiful world, I turn to Robert Frost. And when I need a smile, I turn to Dr. Seuss. Today’s quotes aren’t about nature and aren’t remotely fun, but they were the words I needed to hear. I hope you enjoy them, too.
My apologies to those of you looking for my short stories. I haven’t been online much this week, so I didn’t do any fiction posts. But I expect to be back to my regular schedule next week, or close to it, anyway. In the meantime, here are the links to the posts on sites with which I’m affiliated:
- Monday | Story Empire | Lost in Translation
- Tuesday | AIW Press | A War Widow’s Television Interview
- Wednesday | Story Empire | Music and Writing
- Thursday | AIW Press | Book Cover Design
- Friday | Story Empire | Curated Writing Content
Until next time…