I was thrilled to see my boy, who really isn't a boy at all, but nearly a man. I have never gone six weeks without seeing one of my children, and it was a shock to see him so different than when he left. The high point of the trip was walking into the refrectory for lunch, and surprising him. The delight on his face was so pure and unfiltered, I don't think I have seen that on his face since he was much younger. The most difficult part of the trip was saying good bye to him again, especially looking back at the school as we drove down the long, winding driveway, and seeing his silhouette waving from the doorway. He was all by himself out there, as the rest of the students were in study hall, and it just felt wrong driving away and leaving him there.
Anyway, the weekend we had together as a family was refreshing and fun, and beautiful and exciting. We went to NYC, a place I had never previously been, and frankly once is enough! But it was fun to see so many famous places and sights, and yet, made me even more grateful for our three crazy acres in the woods.
The long hours in the van gave my husband and I lots of time together, which we haven't had in years, it seems. Amazing what a little time together can do to refresh a relationship. The mood in the van was far superior on the way home than it was on the way out, due mostly to the fact that we had reconnected; vital for a good, strong marriage.
I am very grateful for this vacation, and for the opportunity for us all to be together. I realize that this is the beginning of the phase of life where "being all together" is a treat rather than the status quo. I wonder if it ever feels less strange as a mom to not have all her babies together in the same house? Will I get used to it by the time some of the younger ones are leaving home?
Photos to follow in the next few day.