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Three sticky notes attached to the microwave greeted me this morning. A note from Annie with: the times she needed to be at school to register for classes (and she needs a ride, please), a request for more black ink (she couldn't print her ACT scores), and a plea to put her jeans in the dryer. My plans for holing up in the office to get some needed reading and writing done completely evaporated. Temporarily, frustration welled up inside of me as I grumbled about having to give up my plans to accommodate hers...when will she grow up (blah, blah, blah), while at the same time, I was secretly glad that she still needed me and I had the flexibility to help her. I can read and write anywhere.
A few hours later, my phone rang: a call from Molly, my oldest who is completing her summer internship in California. Hmmm...it's not like her to call me during the day. I know I'm not supposed to talk on my cell phone at the library, but it isn't exactly quiet here in the children's section, so I cautiously answered, hoping that the library czars wouldn't swoop down on me and snatch my phone away.
"Hello," I whispered.
"Mom, why are you talking so quietly?"
"I'm in the library."
"You're not supposed to talk on the phone at the library." (Molly is a rule follower like me)
"I know. But there's lots of noise from the kids, so I think it will be ok. What's up?"
"Well, I called to tell you I've been offered a full-time job in San Francisco."
My heart immediately jumped into my throat and tears crept up into my eyes. I knew this day was coming. She's so good at what she does and design jobs are
So many feelings swirl around me as this chapter in my life ends. I know the story isn't over; there's lots more to come, but it's with a little sadness that I say good-bye to the hectic years of raising children. They've grown into their own people who have goals and dreams. They no longer need me to kiss their scraped knees or create costumes for the school play (or run to the store at 10:00 pm for a forgotten whatever for the next day). At the same time, it's with excitement and joy that I anticipate what comes next not only for my kids, but for me as well. Change is upon us. I don't know what exactly it will bring, but I do know that even though I'm going to miss the first part, I'm looking forward to the next part of the story.