14 May 2012

Torn between Opposite Sides of the Country

I had decision to make for the second weekend in May.

My son graduated with his Masters degree in Arizona and my youngest daughter had her senior prom in Maine, all within 24 hours of one another. I could have jumped through hoops and taken a red-eye and somehow managed to be present for both, but in the end, I chose just one.

My daughter went to prom last year and I got to be there for the hair appointment, the make-up, the photos, the getting in the car to go, etc. If I hadn't experienced that, this decision would have been even harder. In the end, I chose to go to Arizona and watch my son graduate. Plus, let's face it, this will mostly likely be the only time in his life he graduates from grad school.

My daughter had her daddy and her sister to celebrate with her, as well as the sweet boy who escorted her. My son moves to his new apartment in Phoenix in a week, where he will start his new teaching job in the fall. Since I came here, I will get to stay and help him move. And then I'm not sure if I'll see him again until Christmas, if that.

Such is the life when the kids are mostly grown. I'm sure this is only the beginning of future tough decisions.

Today I'm thankful for the internet where we can share photos and see events we'd otherwise miss.


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1 comment:

Carolyn said...

Good looking kiddos! FWIW I think you made the right decision. My "kids" are 29 and 25. I'm sorry to say it doesn't get any easier. But you probably already know that.