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Monday, February 25, 2013

They , daughter and grandson, finished moving all their stuff last night and slept in their new apartment for the first time. I haven't heard from them and am awaiting news when my daughter returns for the balance of her boots and loose ends this afternoon. They're only about 2 towns away so it's a quick trip if we need each other.
I think I've been a MOMMY since the day my sister was born, 2 years after me, and the first of 6 siblings. I continued to make up care packages for DD and GS as they left the house last night. We were crowded when they were here for 6 weeks, and I totally lost track of the dates, time, etc. Now I have to get back to my normal: Peace and quiet, activities with my friends early in the day, and rest later in the day. It was working so well for me that I even blogged about it a few blogs ago. My expectations were so high when they came home for their temporary stay that I guess I was bound to be disappointed. Families are different now with the advent of technology, and everyone focused on their own hand held device, not on the same TV screen like in the "old days." Gone also are family dinners due to very flexed working schedules. With food a main focus in my life it took me quite a while to figure out that we wouldn't be eating together, or even in the same rooms when everyone's mealtime did coincide. I finally figured out to leave the meatballs and pasta, or cutlets and veggies in pots on the stove, or stored in the fridge for later reheating. We never discussed if they wouldn't be eating at home, because that would be breaking the cardinal sin of all Mommy Hens, that you can't fail to feed your little chicks. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon My greatest joy in the past weeks was making sandwiches for my GS to take to work with him, until he took over the task for himself. emoticon
So now begins the withdrawal, and going on to the next part of the journey. I know they are able to make changes and adjust, they are both hard workers, and they are very close, so they help each other. I'm going to look forward to our next holidays together, emoticon emoticon dinner, and then Easter at a favorite restaurant as is our tradition.
And back to my friends and social activities with my different organizations. I have lots to do with Chinese auctions and other activities that I am committed to run, so on with the tasks at hand, including using my new Nutri bullet juicer and losing the next ten pounds!
Have to add, with the help of God emoticon
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  • JILL313
    Hi Patty, I'm glad your DD and GS found a nice apartment and I hope they are happy there. 6 weeks all together is quite a long time. I know what you mean about how technology and crazy schedules doesn't make for much family time or even meals together. I fondly remember as a kid myself and when my sons were young we ate all our meals together and thinking back those were wonderful times of togetherness. I know you will enjoy getting back to your friends and activities and I know you will miss them but like you said driving there isn't too far. You are a very good Mom and Grandma.

    Hugs & Love,

    Jill
    2694 days ago
  • LIVELYGIRL2
    I hope it ends up being a good thing for you. Sorry they were't more interactive. Did you ever wonder why when we go home, we ope the fridge and peek for food. When our parents come, they ask for everything. Our adult children want you to the do the things they rather not do, or on their terms. Sometimes it takes emoticon some figuring out.
    2694 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13244496
    I CAN''T EVEN IMAGINE ONE OF MINE MOVING BACK HOME. THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES WE COULDN'T BE IN THE SAME ROOM FOR AN HOUR WITHOUT FIGHTING. I KNOW I COULDN'T DO IT NOW AND GOD BLESS YOU FOR HAVING THE STRENGTH TO DO IT. BUT IT MAY BE EVEN HARDER TO GET BACK INTO THE SWING OF YOUR FORMER LIFE. GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK IF IT DOESN'T COME SMOOTHLY.
    ERIN
    2694 days ago
  • DEBLOUKY
    My adult son returned home in Nov and he has his two girls, my grandaughters, at the house a couple of nights a week. It has been a huge disruption to my routine and I'm ready for him to get his own place. But at the same time, I know when the time comes for him to move, I will miss him and I'll miss have my grandaughters around as much. It sounds like you are handling the transition very well by focusing on the positives. Good luck to you!
    2694 days ago
  • TXMEMAW6
    Sounds like you have a great plan. Congrats on staying positive. Take care and have a great week!
    2694 days ago
  • LISBETHSALANDER
    Congratulations on your positive attitude. You adapted well to a hectic situation and have a good plan for moving forward. Good for you!
    2694 days ago
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