Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Day 21

My daughter leaves for New Zealand this morning and I can scarcely think of anything else.
I hate how I don't get nervous about things until the very last minute.  I think I'm all calm, cool and collected, then  I lose it at the last minute.  It happens every time, so I don't know why I'm so surprised this morning.

You know what's weird?  When your children start going places without you.  When you have to trust that they'll  be able to manage on their own in places that you know almost nothing about.

It's gonna be a long 4 1 /2 months....

19 comments:

  1. Oh, lord. I'm crying for you. I'm right back to a Tuesday morning in January a little over a year ago. I wasn't the only crying mom at the security gate. One of the longest days of my life....

    Just know that I'm with you.

    She'll be ok. We've raised them, remember?

    P

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  2. Wow, and that's a loooong way away too! I hear you on the worrying. Been there, will be there again. Hang in there, she'll do great.

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  3. Oh, I know how much you'll miss her, Lee. But what an experience for her--I'll have to admit, I'm a bit jealous :)

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  4. Yikes!! That is a long way...I know what you are going thru. A year and a half ago our son went to China with his girlfriend (whom we had not met at that point) for winter break. Now he is set to graduate in two months and is applying for jobs in China and Vietnam! Of course, he could be 50 or 60 and leaving and I'd still be just as worried! Hang in there!

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  5. New Zealand is like a small town. She'll be fine. You'll be fine. My gosh, it's not like she has to write you letters and you only get them when the boat delivers them to the pony express uphill both ways and it's always winter. You can live chat with her for goodness sake. Not that she'll want to. She has things to do!

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  6. Lee - you and Dave have raised your children well -- she'll be fine and the time will pass quickly. Sounds like a great adventure for her. You have a huge circle of friends who will be here to support you.

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  7. Just think of all the exciting things she will experience....

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  8. I just had to pitch in here...I left my parents and siblings 11 years ago, leaving Sweden for the UK. At the moment I am living in Scotland with my husband (he is a GP trainee so moves around a lot). The good thing about me moving, is that I have been able to have my parents visit, and come with us on a month long trip to Barbados (hubby did an elective there). Now, my niece (21years old) went on a 7month trip from Sweden to Australia with her best friend, travelling across the whole of Australia...they bought a car (Frankie) and had a blast. They worked their way across and met tons of lovely people. She came home and went to work, and as her passion is photography she applied to a course in Melbourne, and she got in, so about 2weeks ago she left again...this time for 3 years. It is difficult to have our loved ones far away, but thanks to Skype and the Internet the world is so much smaller and it is much easier to keep in touch. This does not make it easier to have them far away, but it hurts less when you can see and hear from them regularly. Stay positive and be happy over everything she will experience and the opportunities she has in life:) X Ylva

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  9. It sounds like a wonderful experience for DD. I'm sure she'll do fine and hey, maybe you can find an excuse to visit!

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  10. Wow! I feel you anxiety. My oldest is 17 1/2. Not looking forward to that day.

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  11. Oh, Lee, it sounds like far away but at least with internet you may not feel so far away. I am sure it will be an exciting experience for her. New Zealand is supposed to be amazing... maybe pack your bags and visit! :)

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  12. So far away for so long! I understand your being anxious. I think Krista has a great idea; a visit to New Zealand and your girl. :) Budget buster, tho. Oh well, I'm sure the time will fly by. Hugs!

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  13. It'll be a great experience for her but as a mom myself, I know exactly what you mean! Hugs!

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  14. She'll love it! My swain went last year to wander and golf, and he met great people and saw amazing places. I wanna go!

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  15. NZ is a wonderful place. She'll have a ball.

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  16. Your daughter will have so much fun and the time will fly by.

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  17. You sound like a normal Mom to me!!!

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