Comings and Goings

You know, it’s funny how life just keeps on moving, and the cycles that you once lived are now being lived by your kids and your grandchildren. And now?

Well, we’re the parents and grandparents that are standing at our door waving goodbye–again–as our offspring get on with their lives.

It seems such a short time ago that it was MY parents who waved goodbye, keeping up brave smiles, as we backed out of their driveway after a visit. We lived so far away that sometimes two or three years could go by before we would see them again.


I don’t even try the brave smile stuff.  I just let the tears come, because they’re going to anyway, sooner or later.

This morning we said goodbye to out son Dan, who is flying to England to reunite with his wife and start a new life in the UK.  We’re happy for them. Really.  But we don’t know when we’ll see them again, and that’s just hard.

I’ve been busy all day, which is a good thing.  Taught my homeschool co-op class–Dickens Great Expectations.  Packing for a week-long holiday with friends. We’ll be flying tomorrow, and I’m so glad to have this to look forward to.

Once we’re back home, life will soon pick up its normal rhythm and I’ll adjust to having another son living across the ocean.  After all,  parents down through the centuries have seen their children off into places unknown.   Those days must have been extremely difficult for those who never saw their loved ones again, communicating infrequently through letters.  At least communication today is quick, easy, accessible–and you can even Skype or  use another program to chat  face to face over long distances.

Okay, I think I’ve talked myself out of my schlump.  Dan and Maria are reunited by now,  possibly even have made it to their flat in London.

See?  I’m already speaking British 🙂



10 thoughts on “Comings and Goings

  1. I’m sorry your son had to move so far away. It’s only natural that tears should fall. I dated someone when I was younger who was from Ireland. I can’t imagine how heartbroken I’d be if I had to leave all my family and friends to move to another country.

    In this life we go through so many painful separations. I guess that’s why heaven is so appealing. No more partings. No more separation. No more tears. I’m looking forward to that…

    There really isn’t much I can say in the way of comfort, but I pray the Lord will enfold you with His comfort and the peace of His presence. ❤️

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  2. Thirty years ago I left my parents stand at their doorstep with tears in their eyes. I was heading overseas with my new husband. Now I have my own children, old enough to move away, I am sensing their heart. Thanks for sharing from your heart and cheering us on from your front door!

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  3. The only thing that made leaving easier was knowing Maria was waiting for me at the end of the flight. Maria has a really busy week (and another interview in London next week!), but we will arrange a skype session soon. The flat is amazing, and we are getting life sorted out slowly but surely.

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