Raising children is such an adventure. For 19.5 years I have experienced all of the emotions, both high and low, of helping my firstborn son to find and make his way in this world. Today we had the good experience of taking him to the airport, giving him a hug, and sending him into the security check line...alone.
This is his first "solo" trip out of state. He flew from Chicago to Cleveland, where he then located ground transport, the courtesy phone bank there, called for the free hotel shuttle, then boarded it and took it to his hotel, where he checked into his room (we surprised him with a whirlpool tub in the room...and extra $20, but this is a CELEBRATION!) and then walked down the street to the restaurant area for dinner (he decided to go to TGI Fridays).
Bryan is there on business. He is returning to his knife sharpening teacher for some more specialized training, and to make another customized wheel for his sharpening machine so he can re-serrate worn out bread knives. The entire trip, all expenses incurred, will be deducted from his income on this year's taxes. He is also paying for it entirely out of his own earnings...knife sharpening has been a good business out here, so we'd rather invest in more training...giving him more ways to earn money with the business...than to give it to Uncle Sam next April because it was all income and little expense.
He'll fly home tomorrow afternoon, and DH will pick him up from the airport. Then we'll be descending upon Christine's home for dinner, pool fun, and tomato picking! Bryan was a bit grumpy this morning...I think he was a little nervous, since he'd be navigating the whole air-travel-system on his own for the first time...but when he called me from the hotel, he sounded so happy!
I know some have a hard time with the "letting go" process. I'm sure I will cry bittersweet tears when he actually moves away from my home completely...but I thoroughly enjoy the process of releasing my young adults, little bit by little bit, step by step. I pray that this trip and the learning that takes place will be used by God to continue to mature Bryan, and to encourage him on towards his future.
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