It has been an incredible two weeks since we got back from our California family vacation. We had a fantastic time and I will blog later about the trip. Right now though, I'm going to address huge changes.
Our oldest (17) has been looking for a job all summer with no success (a few odd jobs for friends, but nothing on a regular basis). Today, he was hired at a local grocery store that hires lots of high school and college students. I feel really good about it, he starts on Monday. The challenge for me is that now theory will become reality
. An immediate reality (which we have discussed and agreed to previously) is that he won't be able to go with us to the beach for a long weekend (which also happens to be his father's birthday). He's fine with that (he's not really much of a beach person - too hot), but his father and I are struggling. We've always done things together as a family. While each of us have gone and done our own thing (our middle son is at camp right now), I can't remember a time that all the family minus one
have gone away. I know in my head this is good practice for when he goes to college next year.
But like the child being made to take music lessons, I don't want to practice! I can't believe I'm finally at this place in my life. My only consolation is that this isn't my last child. It was much easier when all I had to do was feed, burp, and change diapers.
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