I had an idea that it would be fun to write a 5 Tips from the Parent of a Student Moving Abroad post to accompany Katie's 5 Tips, but my feelings and thoughts are not that organized and I'm not up to the task of untangling them. How about 5 Words that I've been finding helpful... for life in general?
- Beauty. Find it. If I don't see it anywhere else, I just look at my kids' faces.
- Grace. Sometimes that means a little bit of acting.
- Love. Unwavering. More than anything.
- Understanding. Wear their shoes. Feel it.
- Support. Always! Lean on me.
It's sure a lot easier now to see my kids move far away than it was in 2004, 2006, 2011... Maddy is the other one with a streak of wanderlust, and it won't be long before she's in South America, Africa, Europe... Kate's paving the way has definitely made it easier! I guess my sister's been the pioneer in our family in terms of international galavanting. So they can all thank her! Getting Maddy moved into her new apartment 100 miles away is proving to be the most challenging thing of all this year! Ali's much more of a home-body...
...and I can totally relate to that! She did recently come along on a quickie trip to Chicago!
Kate's departure for Scotland is one week from today and, oh, I am sure going to miss her. I sometimes think that I'm only one crazy head-scarf away from being Edie --could be either one, actually, Big or Little! So, maybe it's a good thing.
Here are five more words that will be helpful in the coming year:
Amazing. And then, of course, there's this...