This is it.
Last night I said my final farewell to the kid. The very last call was scripted, just letting me know that she had arrived safely and that she would be out of contact for the next couple of weeks.
I am now officially free of the full burden of motherhood.
It started a few days ago. We had a farewell party for the kid. Here are a few photos to mark the occasion:
Once the party was over (I didn’t show photos of others to protect their privacy), Katie made one final trip to say goodbye to her best friend who died. She left here on the 2 year anniversary of Emery’s death:
After her farewells, we kept it normal until the recruiter drove up to carry her away. She gifted me with some earrings to wear while she was gone in order to keep her close. I donned those to watch her pull away.
I had quietly arranged to take the next day off, to see her one last time at MEPS. It was going to be a surprise but her uncle spoiled it when he saw us walk in. Darnit!
.I would include a photo of her uncle but he’s a rather high-ranked member of the military so I’m unsure of the wisdom. I will take the cautious route and not. I hope you understand.
I thought Katie was going to cry when we gave each other our final farewells but we all stayed strong. I’ve spent the past few days with tears streaming down my face so for now I believe I’m cried out.
Her last call was late last night. It was scripted. “I’m here. I’m okay. You will get a package in the mail soon. You will hear from me in approximately 2-3 weeks. I love you. Bye.”
So it is over. The 29 years I spent as a parent with kids at home have come to an end.
I intend to take the next few days to decompress. I want to get in the proper headspace before I move forward.
It is time to take a deep breath, relax, and to move on.
That is all any of us can do when we reach a turning point in our lives. We just need to breathe, realize that it is not the end of the world, and figure out what we want to do next.
I’ve already gotten the bones of that path started so I doubt much will change aside from my living circumstances. Just in case, however, I don’t intend to make any sudden moves until I know I am okay. While I’m a bit more okay than I was the day I watched her drive away, I know I’m not there yet.
We will all be okay at the end of the story. We can survive more than we realize.
I’ll write more when I can.
4 thoughts on “New Beginnings”
You will be OK. You are strong.
Katie will be OK. You taught her how to be strong, too.
If there’s one thing I know about you from reading your blog over the years, it’s that you will be OK. Congratulations on successfully raising your kids til they all flew the coop! I hope for you that you will now be able to focus more on yourself and your present and future.
This is the beginning of a new, amazing ,phase of your life. The sadness will fade-I promise!
She’s made a brave and good choice. You slowly adjust and at each step you will be more proud and happy for her. She will bring you along on her adventure. It is so much easier than previous parents had it. These kids can text/video chat often. My daughter is in the Air Force. Getting back to self-care (exercise, nutrition, skin care) that got lost during the child-raising years became my focus and it is amazing how these efforts have improved my moods, thoughts, and confidence at work. We continue to be role models for our children. Good luck. I enjoy your writing.
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