we are down to less than 48 hours now before my favorite redhead returns to the roost! she's been in mexico for two weeks, working on a mission project there, and from the looks of things posted on the group blog, is having a mahvelous time.
(i went through most of the outer rings of hell when our oldest left for college six years ago, so you think i'd have a clue, but once again i got clobbered right between the eyes.)
i was all into the getting ready part of things: thrift sale shopping for clothes and a suitcase to leave behind there and so on. (the two of us along with another group had gone to romania [where we brought her little brother home from, also six years ago] so shots and passports and shots were up to date.) but then we came home from the airport and the silence was deafening! so it will be SO good to have her home!
and two days after the redhead flies back to the nest, we will return to the airport to pick up our firstborn- what a bonus! it's been Christmas since we've had her in the house so you can imagine how happy we'll be to have her under our roof for a week again! she's in philly working on her doctorate and doesn't have much time for anything but totally esoteric middle english texts that have to be borrowed from library shelves that haven't been explored since these things were written. it bothers me that i understand so little of what she is pursuing, but i can tell just from proofing some of her (endless!) papers that i just don't have the academic muscles to do that any more. add it to the ever-expanding list ...
at any rate, i will take great delight in having all five of our treasures around the table again. it's fascinating to watch the once-little kids come back with tales from the real world. as raffi used to sing from our turntable, "there's a big, beautiful planet in the sky. it's my home, it's where i live." get used to it, mom.