Greetings on this fine Sunday morning! I hope you and your loved ones are doing well.
There’s a lot going on in the world right now, and it’s easy to let it weigh us down. I’ve been distracted with getting my daughter settled into college and some other goings-on with family life, so I’ve been keeping tabs on things but not spending a lot of time dwelling on it. That said, seeing that list of servicemen and women who died in the attack at Kabul airport this week was like a kick in the gut. Most of them were the age of my son. It’s hard to wrap my head around it, and my heart aches for their families.
In other news, it’s been a week since we arrived home after leaving Caroline at college in Massachusetts, and so far she’s doing well. She’s making friends and settling in, and while there have been a few moments where she felt overwhelmed and needed me to talk her through it, she hasn’t once mentioned wanting to come home. Classes started on Wednesday, and that’s a big adjustment after doing a cyber charter school for all of her high school career, so I’m hoping she gets the hang of things quickly.
I went into her bedroom yesterday to straighten up a bit, and Savannah (her dog, for those just tuning in) walked right up to the door and looked in, but then she walked away and went and sat in one of her favorite spots in the hallway. It was like she knows Caroline isn’t here. That made me a little sad, but overall, I’m doing okay. I miss my girl, and it feels kind of empty around here at times, but I’m happy that she’s doing well and adjusting.
It occurred to me as I wrote that, that if I think my house feels empty now, I’m really going to have a rude awakening this week. David starts his college classes tomorrow, and Becca starts 10th grade on Tuesday. It’s been a full year and a half since everyone was in school full-time, and even then, Caroline was at home doing cyber school. This fall is going to feel VERY different.
I think I mentioned that I wasn’t sure if David was doing remote or in-person classes, but he did sign up to take them in-person. In addition to that, he’ll still be working about 25 hours a week, and he’s also going to be doing a radio show with a friend, so he’ll be busy. Hopefully he’ll be around for dinner some nights so we can catch up then.
And Becca is also excited to be going back to school. It should seem pretty much back to normal for her this year, except for the masks indoors, but she’s just happy to be in school 5 days a week with all of her classmates.
Her marching band season is already well underway. Friday night was the first football game of the season, and she had a blast. She had been looking forward to being at all the high school football games all though middle school, and then she was cheated out of the experience last year, so she is super excited for this year. We’re hoping and praying that nothing happens to change that, but as of right now, they’re planning for a regular season of football games and Cavalcades.
So yeah, my life is about to get a lot quieter! I’m not sure how I feel about that. I’m definitely happy that everyone is getting back to some semblance of normal and doing things they love, and I could use some more uninterrupted work time, but I think it’s going to seem lonely at first. I’m sure I’ll be fine, though. I have a way of filling my time.
Finally, in the last bit of family news, Paul has his surgery this Friday. We’re both excited and hopeful that it will end his ongoing battle with diverticulitis, but the recovery can be rough so he’s not looking forward to that. All prayers for a successful procedure with no complications are appreciated.
I need to cut this off and head out. We’re going to visit Paul’s mom today. I hope you have a restful and relaxing Sunday!