Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2002
Dear Diary:

I had a lump the size of a small planet in my throat this afternoon when I put Jess on the bus for Montreal.

This is kind of silly because she left home seven years ago to finish her schooling in Montreal, so she is quite grown up now and the nest has been empty for a long time.

In my head I know that the whole point of parenting is to try to make yourself superfluous, to raise your children to be independent adults. In my head I know she has her life in the city now with her partner.

But there are these brief moments when my heart just absolutely refuses to listen to any sort of logic. There are these brief moments when I'm back at the place I was when I put this tiny little five-year-old child on a school bus and watched her go off to begin her life outside our home.

And I had one of them this afternoon.

It's very odd making the shift from being a parent of a young child to being the parent of an adult. From time to time I catch myself telling her how to live her life, which is completely out of bounds. It's a hard transition, learning to treat her as an adult. I haven't made it well, but I'm trying.

Tonight it's back to two placemats on the kitchen table. Tonight it's back to cooking for two. Mostly that's fine because like I said the nest has been empty a long time and our lives have changed.

But now and again, I get these moments ...

--Marn

Old Drivel - New Drivel


Subscribe with Bloglines


Want to delve into my sordid past?
She's mellllllllllllllting - Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 - Back off, Buble - Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 - Dispersed - Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 - Nothing comes for free - Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 - None of her business - Friday, Nov. 04, 2011 -


.:Cast:. .:Diaryland Notes:. .:Comments (0 so far):. .:E-mail:.
.:Adventures In Oz:.
.:12% Beer:. .:Links:. .:Host:. .:Archives:.

Cavort, cavort, my kingdom for a cavort Globe of Blogs 12 Per Cent Beer my partners in crime


A button for random, senseless, drive-by linkings:
Blogroll Me!


< ? blogs by women # >
Bloggers over forty + ?
<< | BlogCanada | >>
[ << ? Verbosity # >> ]
<< x Blog x Philes x >>


This template is a riff on a design by the truly talented Quinn. Because I'm a html 'tard, I got alot of pity coding to modify it from Ms. Kittay, a woman who can make html roll over, beg, and bring her her slippers. The logo goodness comes from the God of Graphics, the Fuhrer of Fonts, the one, the only El Presidente. I smooch you all. The background image is part of a painting called Higher Calling by Carter Goodrich which graced the cover of the Aug. 3, 1998 issue of The New Yorker Magazine.

Kids, don't try viewing this at home without Netscape 6 or IE 4.5+, a screen resolution of 800 X 600 and the font Mead Bold firmly ensconced on your hard drive.

2000, 2001, 2002 Marn. This is me, dagnabbit. You be you.