Friday, August 14, 2009

Week of Change

My West Point Cadet's 24 day leave was over, and he flew back to New York not to return home until Christmas. When his plane landed, we received this text:

Arrived safely in New York stop. On my way back to prison stop.

Jeff replied to him:

Enjoy your transition to the number one prison in the free world. Let us know when you get back to the Grey Rock.

It was a great time of family togetherness. Most days were spent trying to grab ten minutes here and there with my very active son. It was good to have his smelly socks and to hear his laugh.

Jeff and Davis took Pepper the Blind Cocker Spaniel on her final drive to the vet. I'm still thinking she will walk out onto the porch this beautiful summer morning, or I think she must be quietly napping under my chair right now.

Pepper, you were the sweetest, most loyal and faithful dog I have ever had. I have happy memories of your younger bird chasing days and your bouncy trot.

This has been the summer of driving lessons as I have been the "appointed one" to instruct our 15 year old in driving the Expedition plus the standard shift Jeep...which he is plotting to take over soon. On Monday, I was stressed and cussed out loud when we had a near collision. But, on Tuesday we experienced victory when he PASSSED his road test!!!!

I turned 50...enough said.

Five more days, five more nights and Stuart leaves for college. It's overwhelmingly sad for me.This day was filled with final shopping for him. A coffeepot and shampoo, and I'm done.

Stuart said while surveying my very neat, organized piles, "Mom, no," and began pulling items out of my piles. "You have done it again. Too much stuff. I wouldn't use this many logenzes in four years!"

"They were deeply discounted," I replied sheepishly.

Maybe I should not have put the medical mask (in case of swine flu outbreak) in there.

"I'm a detail-person, Stuart...and the thought of you being hungry in your dorm room without snacks makes me sad."

"Save a lot of this stuff at home for me. I may use it next semester," he sweetly conceded as he continued to pull out more carefully purchased items.

But his pile was growing....

So, it's the end of a crazy week at Hillcrest Cottage. My outlook is hopeful, and I am wondering what cool things life will offer in the road up ahead.

And...there's still Saturday to come.


  1. Wow -- so much at once. I was in LR last weekend and thought about calling you to jon the girls and me for lunch one day, but I thought your time would be better spent looking at and listening to your boys. I'll try again an a fall trip.

    Hang in there -- there are plenty of adventures, family and otherwise, around the bend!

    Oh -- and DEFINITELY save your "deeply discounted purchases" -- he'll come looking for them during the first semester! And stock up on Ramen soup for him -- it's a basic food group for college freshmen!

  2. Okay... this post nearly did me in. Sooo much going on... sooo many feelings, and hello's and goodbye's (oh Pepper, sweet thing)... and preparations for more... and a milestone birthday that's appreciated but perhaps not so welcome... and a driving milestone to boot... SHEESH!!! Just a little stress perhaps??? Good stress too, but wow, what a whirlwind of major happenings all at the same time. I can relate, I can empathize, I can rejoice with you, I can celebrate with you, and I can also say WELL DONE! :)

    Megan xoxo