Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Fall and a Time of Transition

The mulberry trees are finally turning yellow and the sky is that intense blue you see in the fall.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving, lots of good food and family time. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, and we were happy that everything went well.

The Friday after Thanksgiving we had our annual "girls shopping day", and that was fun, if exhausting. I am not a shopper, but I like being with all the women in the family and I love the socializing, especially the lunches.

On Saturday we said goodbye to our son Andy as he set off for San Francisco. He has lived away from home before, but never this far away. The house seems too big and empty and we miss him already. It is not just that he is gone, it's also all the noise and activity of his friends coming and going. We always seemed to have a lot of young people around. It was sometimes difficult to have an adult child living at home, but now it seems too quiet. Still, it really is time for him to be out on his own.
It looks like he will be working for this non-profit political action group. There is not much money in this kind of work, but he wants to try and make a difference. "Be the change you want to see in the world". I am so proud of him and so worried for him at the same time. So I say a prayer and breathe. Just breathe.

To make this quilt related, on Thursday I will get my courthouse steps quilt back from my friend Barbara, just in time to bind it for our Christmas quilt exchange. Barbara does a beautiful job with her longarm, and I usually have her do my larger quilts. I do my own "art" pieces but give most everything else to Barbara. In exchange for some fabric I sent a while back, Debra is making a lovely quilt label for the back. I'm excited to finish this one, and can't wait for our Christmas party.


Debra Spincic said...

I understand your feelings exactly but as I keep being told, "A man has to go out into the world and make his mark. He'll be just fine." It's actually very heartpounding to see my son dressed up and interviewing for jobs. He'll graduate in 3 weeks and I will be so proud of him.

You can do it, Mom!

Rian said...

Oh how well I remember that awful quiet emptiness in the house (and in my heart) after our daughter drove off for the east coast. It felt as if the house cried lonely tears, too.

It gets better.

Karoda said...

I know society as a whole doesn't put much stock into the reward of loving what you do and making a difference but he is engaging himself in work that is important and highly valuable. As he becomes grounded in the work I hope he makes enough to support himself and still continue on his path.

Granny Fran said...

The mulberry leaves against that lovely blue sky are fantastic. My mulberry lost it's leaves some time ago, so I love seeing yours.
It's been a long time but I remember how quiet it was when the kids left home; and I remember my Dad telling me the same thing when my brother went into the Navy soon after I got married over fifty years ago.