Thursday, January 21, 2010

I Continue to Grow Up (or so we hope)

Colin sounds good these days. So good.

I love to hear the smile in his voice as we chat on the phone. I love to hear the plans he's hatching with his friends at boarding school. I love to hear that he got high marks on his recent poetry writing efforts, though he's never attempted poetry before. I love the way it surprised him. Colin the poet--who knew?

Colin's successful adjustment is good reason to celebrate.

But wouldn't it just be great if he missed us so badly that there was still a little tremble of a tear in his voice when we spoke?


Colin's love for us, for home, is not measured by pain levels. His coping well at school does not mean he's glad to be away.

I know this absolutely. I rejoice in the achievements of transition this (beautiful) 16 year old has made.

(But secretly, I guess there might just be a little part of me that misses the feeling that he can't live without us.)


Brian said...

glad he's doing well, looking forward to seeing you February.

lisa said...

Thanks, Brian. It's crazy to have 3 boys away now but it's all good. Yea, I'm looking forward to seeing you as well. It's been a long time.

Carrie said...

It must be a good feeling to know that he's adjusted well. I've been praying for you and your family. Email me if you have specific requests. Otherwise, consider yourselves prayed for in a very general, but sincere manner. Hugs!

dana said...

Oh dear Lisa...

your majestic skill at parenting (with the Byron...) means that your offspring can go out into the big wonderful world and not only find their own way...but celebrate while doing it!

poetry and song and handiwork and the joy of it all!

love you all...

Carla said...

Wow - Colin the poet. That's fantastic. Not surprising though - you all seem to be wonderfully creative in your own way.

Carolyn said...

What Dana said. His great adjustment speaks LOADS about your parenting skills thus far.....awesome job, guys! :-)

P.S. It's ok to miss him like the dickens too.