Suddenly quiet
Monday August 30th 2010, 11:16 pm
Filed under: Family

At 1 am, not sleeping, I got up and walked towards the light brightening up the room from under the door. Hey you–what else can I do to help?

She sent me to bed. An hour later, she went too.

We all got up at dark o’clock for Oakland Airport across the Bay and the upper edge of the sun just started to appear over the eastern ridges a little before we got to our exit.

One very tired Michelle threw her arms around me with a fervent “I love you, Mom!” as I got out at the curb a moment for that.  It was so early.  The place was not crowded; Richard had pulled in at the end of the airline’s lineup, a bit of a distance from the skycaps, and as a matter of fact it looked like it was the only airline gathering passengers at that hour.

Michelle in her fatigue tried to get her three rolling suitcases going towards those skycaps. The littlest kept flipping on her.  Maybe she could stack them. Then she had twice the flipping.  This just isn’t working!  I said to Richard as I got back out again, You may have to circle around; he, affirming my choice, said, Sure.

The traffic control guy nodded his approval at my helping her in her struggle, I was told afterwards, and together we rolled those suitcases to where she needed them to go.  I turned, expecting to see the Prius gone, but no; there he was still.

She and we had been silently wished Godspeed on our way by a man wearing bright traffic stripes who knew travel.

Lisa, bless her, picked her up at the other end.

We got home in time to take a nap before that early meeting of his.

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It is close to 1am here and Iam not sleepy I love it when my kids say I love you it is the most wonderful feeling:)
Glad you didn’t have to deal with a bustling airport:)Hugs Darcy

Comment by Darcy 08.31.10 @ 12:47 am

Glad it was early enough that the sun hadn’t had time to become your mortal enemy.

She’ll be fine! Now, about you… knitting is called for, I believe.

Comment by Barbara-Kay 08.31.10 @ 3:35 am

Hope you’re having yet another nap, because it’s still early there, especially by a not-morning person’s standards…

Comment by Channon 08.31.10 @ 7:46 am

Now you can let your hair down, relax, knit.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 08.31.10 @ 7:48 am

Oh, such mixed feelings I expect you have. Your lovely young girl, leaving the nest, now all grown up. You’ll miss her, but you’re also proud of her. Tears and cheers!

Comment by Don Meyer 08.31.10 @ 9:41 am

Awww…I teared up before I even finished reading. G’byes to kids do that. I suspect we’ll see more finished knitting pictures for a bit. So, what will she be studying now?

Comment by DebbieR 08.31.10 @ 10:32 am

i was looking for your book on Amazon and it’s listed for $115.00 Excuse me, but could that be right? For paperback???

Comment by jody 08.31.10 @ 6:50 pm

Off on a journey – exciting and proud and a bit bittersweet for those left behind.

Comment by twinsetellen 08.31.10 @ 8:38 pm

Best wishes for a safe and exciting adventure to Michelle.

Have some Nutella for me, if you think about it. And what about those lemon bars? Those do sound good. 🙂

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 09.01.10 @ 7:10 am

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