Of course, the trip was hard on me anyway! I had a hard time saying goodbye to Freddy. He's an incredible kid, and it will feel very strange not having either him or his equally incredible brother William at home. For now, it's just the three of us---Tony, Janey and me. But as I said to Tony at one point, I'm feeling a little more optimistic about the future after seeing how well Janey did on the road.
|Janey digging in at the Chinese buffet|
|The fancy lobby of the hotel. The rooms were NOT as fancy!|
One of the best parts of the trip was swimming. The hotel had a lovely pool, and we used it mid-day, and had the whole pool completely to ourselves for over an hour. Janey loved being in the water! We also went into the hot tub next to the pool with her for a little bit, and that was amazing. For the 10 or so minutes we were in there, she was completely quiet and calm. We all three just sat there, enjoying the heat. I can't remember, ever ever ever, having a time like that with the three of us. Tony and I kept looking at each other in wonder.
|Tony waving goodbye to Janey on her first day of 5th grade|
So now, we start the next phase of our lives, what will probably be the phase until we are gone, the three person family. Of course, the boys will be home for vacations and summers, and I can't wait. But it's never going to be quite the same. I was surprised by the depth of my emotions at having both boys gone. I kept thinking about how it seems only a few days ago they were toddlers, and I would think "Can't they ever go a second without needing me?" Now they are adults. It goes far too fast. Even with Janey, where time sometimes seems to stand still. She is almost as tall as I am. None of the clothes I had set aside for the first day of 5th grade fit her. We share shoes. She is growing up too. The future comes rushing at us relentlessly. Best of luck, my college junior and my college freshman and my 5th grader. I love you three.