Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hello, you must be going -- again.

I said goodbye to my boy Monday morning.

Z-man has headed back to college for what is to be his final term before graduating with his associate's degree in culinary arts. (Well, sorta. He still has an internship to do, but he plans to do that at home.)

Anyway, I said goodbye to my boy.

"Just one more," he whispered in my ear as we hugged and hugged and hugged some more.

Yep, just one more term and he'll be home. Hard to believe that it's been two school years since I took him to school in August 2007.

He is ready to come home, and I am more than ready to have him here.

It's not an open-ended invitation. I learned THAT lesson the hard way.

He can stay as long as he is either working or in school. If he's working and NOT in school, we will discuss rent.

He plans to work for at least a year (God willing and the creek don't rise) and then go back to school (in-state) and finish a four-year degree. In what? Eh, who knows. He thinks he wants to teach -- in the food industry. Maybe high school. Maybe something else.

Interesting how his desires have changed in these two years. He learned that he doesn't actually want to work as a chef on "the line." He has gotten a part-time job at the school, tutoring others, and it has sparked an interest in a different direction.

My boy.

He is a different person than the one who left.

He discovered how important his family is.

He discovered who HE is.

And at the end of May, he'll be coming back to me.


Karen said...

It's so amazing to watch them grow up and discover who they are. Hopefully you meant internship "at home" as in cooking for you and not simply living at home while cooking elsewhere. ;)

Debbie said...

I'm so happy for you. As you know, mine as just starting to head off but I am already wanting them to come back!

TexasRed said...

Sounds like a great transformation. Bet you can't wait to see what comes next.

justmylife said...

I am with Karen...He cooks at home when he is there, right? How do you boot a child out? I have a 19 year old that seems to think he can stay here forever, rent free, eating me out of house and home. Any suggestions would be welcome. heh!

Janet said...

I wish I had paid attention to my instincts at that age. I would have saved myself a lot of money and time and pain. He's a smart one, he is.

The Duchess of Wessex said...

Thank you for this post!

My sweet boy left college in December after two and a half years (and after 30k in tuition cash was paid) and announced he felt lead to serve his country. He left for basic training January 6th. He's also chosen just about the most dangerous job the Army offers - Airborne Ranger, which makes me shake just thinking about it...

I always knew he wanted to serve, but though a taste of college (dorm) life would change his mind. When he called after the first big football game ASU won, all excited and surrounded by a bunch of screaming friends, I thought I was right and he'd be there until graduation. But I was wrong.

Now I'm the proud mother of a soldier. Proud, but terrified... And, I miss him. Very much.

No letters from college, not even a text message. Ever. But now he writes us from basic training almost every day. Like your sweet son, my boy writes about all the things he misses about being home.

Things I thought he never appreciated or even noticed. Turns out, he noticed. And, for his appreciation I am grateful.

I envy that you will soon have your son back home. I will try to get through each day trying a little harder not to be afraid of all the terrible things I fear could happen.

One thing is for sure in this whole parenting thing... You just never know.

My best to you and thanks for your Blog.


Kaytabug said...

Awwww I'm so happy for you!

Hugs to the Janet whose son is in the Army. Her comment made me all teary.

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