Flown the Coop-
I will preface this post with, I know how fortunate we were and I am always grateful for the blessing in our lives. With that being said, “written”, our family moved! Our daughter, son in law and grandchildren have, dare I say it? Flown the coop! Our son in law made a much needed job change (from assistant police Chief to County Deputy) and they all moved closer to his work. They sold their house and they are renting a small country home. We ( hubby and I) I haven’t seen it yet. But it comes with a barn, many out buildings, an area for chickens, goats and a stable for one of our granddaughters to have her horse. Our daughter and son in law have always wanted to try rural living. So they are renting for a year before they make a commitment to buy a new home. Oh and there will be goats too, hubby wants them to have goats it’s a running joke around here to have a goat to mow your lawn! They also have rattle snacks and rodents running a muck. Eeek!
We are happy for our son in law who needed this much needed change and it is a blessing to know our daughter will be substitute teaching at the local school. It really does help lift the spirits of my sweet Hubby and me to know they are happy with this change.
Hubby and I have been up and down with emotions over it. Why does this move hit us so strongly? Well… they have been living only 4 blocks away from us for about 7 years. They were walking distance from our home. I realize that it is highly unlikely scenario for many and I am grateful. I enjoyed spontaneous breakfasts, lunches and “Grandma Time” often shared with our grandchildren. Our oldest granddaughter was my “personal assistant, wink”. She drove me everywhere. We had great conversations (she is a lovely young lady) and we would laugh and sing along with the songs on the radio a lot.
She graduates this year. She was nervous about being the new girl in school and being a senior in a new school. But, all of that fell away when the whole school was at an assembly and they announced her name and asked her to stand up. The entire auditorium burst into song! It was her birthday. Although she said it was embarrassing, I really do think it helped her to feel like part of the senior class.
Our second oldest granddaughter was nervous too. She is a freshman and would have been “ruling” at her old school. But, she has to start over again at the new school because it combines freshman through senior year.
Not many of you have had such a luxury as ours. But, I don’t drive a car anymore, so it was great that I could get to them by walking or riding my bike (it’s a trike actually). But, now that they live 45 minutes away…it might as well be 45 million.
So the roller coaster of emotions continues.. happy for them, sad for us, grateful for their new jobs and for the treasured time spent with them… and missing them so much already.
Have you or has your family flown the coop?
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