Parents packed up their college kids, again, and said goodbye, after a great winter break together. Our support group shared that even though they have done this before, tears still fell. Some said they held back tears, while others just didn't want to stop the sudden drop. All were grateful to be sitting together, sharing their stories and hope for, what's next.
Reflection of what worked, what was unrealistic, and what was a challenge, is an ongoing journey. Now they hope to get into nature for easy hikes and ponder their new role as parents and as women.
Letting go over and over is easier when you have women on a similar path to understand the unknowns and the hopes.
One mom, again, hopes to stay away from her son's Facebook because it either punches her buttons what he is doing, along with the photos she sees, or she slips and says something about what he is doing because she read it on Facebook. The computer is so seductive, isn't it?
Another mom is taking a sculpture class, while two others are wondering what new career would be a fit for them. Care-taking her mom is another's challenge. Relationship and moving, faces a mom because of her being separated. Over- scheduled or under scheduled sits in the room of exploration. Then, of course, as women, there is the ongoing chat and laughter about losing those five pounds and being more active.
Bottom line, it is so much fun to be together no matter what we are exploring or laughing about, as we walk this ever changing role as parents and women.
How was your winter vacation with your family?
Natalie Caine M.A.
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