“Mommas, I know that most of you still have little ones, but I have to share about my 25 yr old baby! He has been out of school and working for a couple of years, saving, contributing to his 401k and IRA, enjoying his day job and trading options and ForEx for fun. All the responsible grown up things. Guess what?
In August he leaves until December to travel around Europe with his girlfriend! The tickets are bought, they are selling off some stuff, and getting a variety of jobs freelancing and remote work!!! They also hope to sometimes get short term jobs in local European communities and sleep in hostels and on the couches of randomish people!!! I am so very happy for them and proud. Rarely do I describe myself as ‘proud’ of my kids’ accomplishments because it is THEIR accomplishment. And yet I am. I am proud. And excited. And nervous.
Whether it is the first day of daycare, just beginning kindergarten, a first middle school dance, walking into the giant high school, happy tearful hugs at graduation, leaving for a new town for college… every step of the way is an adventure. For them and us.
What starts as you, momma, being this tiny baby’s entire world and before you know it you are just glad to have little windows into the world they have created for themselves. And yet, they are still your entire world.
Every single step of the way, a new adventure. As with all adventures, there is excitement and challenge, exhaustion and exhilaration, and always newness when you look for it.
No matter where you are on your journey, no matter how easy or how difficult, no matter how full of love — it keeps getting better! And, oddly enough while you are so busy raising them, YOU also keep getting better. You are growing just as they are. Such an amazing gift they give us.
Yep, I am happy, excited, proud. And nervous. My baby will leave his safe zone and enter a new world, explore, see other cultures, meet new people, learn about history and about himself. It’s almost the first day of kindergarten again.”