Last Friday we made the trip out to the western part of the state to visit Hannah. It was her 18th birthday, after all, and I couldn’t miss seeing my girl on that auspicious date.
It was great to see her and know first hand that she is doing fine. We took her to Target to pick up a a few things for her room and we took her out to dinner at a restaurant one of her professors recommended, the School Street Bistro. It was wonderful! The food was delicious and fresh and my filet mignon was one of the best I’ve ever had.
We spent the weekend out there since Dale, ironically enough, had a band job in Springfield at the Sheraton Hotel. Springfield doesn’t offer much to do during the day and we were having car trouble so we couldn’t really drive anywhere. I felt strange being right down the street and not seeing Hannah and I was wondering if she missed us. So I texted her. And then she texted me back and said, “I legit like forgot you guys were still here. hahahaha!”
It was at that moment that I realized she is absolutely fine.
Great picture – glad to hear she is doing fine. This is what we want for our kids, right? My son loves college and I seem to be adjusting, I think I am.
Tina M. says
Ohh… that must have hurt a little bit on the inside. It’s great that she’s adapted and moved on, but as someone who’s devoted their life to her, it’s probably a little harder for you to let go as well. It has to be the hardest part of being a parent, I’d guess.
Keep your chin up, you did a great job with her and a new chapter in your life has begun.
That moment that you realize they are fine can ease some of those nagging itchy feelings we have while letting them go. Celebrate this moment! It means you’ve done a great job!
It’s wonderful that she’s adjusting so well!
That is good to hear. Happy birthday to Hannah!!
Of course she’s fine, but it is nice to see it first hand. Happy Birthday wishes to Hannah!
Awww, so glad to know that she’s loving college (erm, excuse me, university)! I’m sure that text stung a little right along side easing your fears that she was homesick … but you know that some day, far along her path in life, she’ll realize how you could never ‘forget’ that she was there 🙂
You have given her the greatest gift………her wings.
Your little girl has grown up and can handle life on her own. You get to figure out how to do without her. It must be tough, but you can do it. xox
lol… yup, she’s fine. Did you get the full download on Friday or was she playin’ it cool?
What I’m waiting for? The post on the 1st Thanksgiving break home… and the long showers, the laundry, the sleeping til noon, … lol.
It’s amazing how quickly they make that adjustment isn’t it? So happy to know that she is doing well away from home. 🙂
Mary K. in Rockport says
I’m glad to learn the big 18th was celebrated en famille. This separation business is a gradual process.
School Street Bistro is good! Let me know if you need any other restaurant recommendations – my inlaws live in Westfield.
Ah, she is fine, but is her momma?!?!? :o)
Katy (knitterpated) says
Also happy to offer restaurant recommendations–I live right in Springfield. I would have been happy to meet up with you for some knitting. 🙂
And, should you ever need it, we have a guest room. Currently not available (being used by my kids due to recent fire in their bedroom, and restoration isn’t quite finished) BUT it should be open for business soon!
Lol… tough, Mom, but likely a good thing. Heavy sigh.
Cheryl S. says
Ouch! But I guess it’s a good thing.
I told you!
They can be like little chameleons! So glad that she’s settling in.
Hang in there Carole!
CaroleP (ohio) says
Glad to hear she’s settling in, and so close. Our daughter was 800 miles away. That hurt. And back then we didn’t have cell phones, etc. I took the whole thing worse than she did. But, we both made it through 4 1/2 yrs, only to get married and move 600 miles away. Thank goodness she’s only 3 hrs away, now.
What am I saying? We didn’t have her to stay a baby forever, heaven forbid. But we didn’t understand the separations that would come, either. Ah life! Enjoy every moment you can with her (and without).
That’s a little ouch but one that brings a smile. Dan headed to his 90 day NOLS adventure in WY today – a couple-a tears shed at Logan this morning! It’s all good though Carole isn’t it? 🙂
The “legit” cracks me up!
What a wonderful picture! I’m glad you had a good birthday visit, a GREAT steak, and that Hannah is not homesick. “Legit”, eh? LOL!
Of COURSE she’s fine. She’s your daughter and you raised her well.
Katie K says
What a lovely picture. Sorry you had car trouble. You mean you didn’t got to Webs?
Kristi aka FiberFool says
Of course she is a just fine, she had wonderful parents who really prepared her for this new stage in her life.
what a fab photo of Dale and Hannah!
and its great that you were able to be there for her birthday –
oh my, I laughed when I read what she text you! That sounds just like one of my girls!! ha ha ha… its good to know they are okay, isn’t it 😉