The Big Leave is officially history. In the last week, we’ve moved our youngest three hours away for his first year of college, our oldest 16 hours away (by van, which was the least expensive way to get her stuff there) for grad school, and left our younger daughter home for her first week of her sophomore year in an in-town university.
Today a new – and long NOT looked forward to – life begins.
Rather than focusing on my emotions, which are pretty raw, I’m choosing to play the denial game today in this (almost) inaugural post on Mom Goes On.
It turns out there are some pretty fascinating sights and sounds on the long drive from Kansas City to Baltimore and back again. So for today’s offering, here’s a run-down of some of the best:
-God’s Ark of Safety Church – where Noah’s Ark is being rebuilt! (The sign actually said these very words. I’m guessing members are pretty conversant on the topic of doomsday food hoarding).
-Blessed and Highly Favored Shaved Ice stand (think lemonade stand, only run by adults in a very sketchy Baltimore neighborhood)
-First Love Church (religion for those in the throes of adolescent crushes?)
-Taste and See Ice Cream (another offering from the sketchy Baltimore neighborhood)
-Heard on a radio station somewhere between Indianapolis and Terra Haute: an ad for a pawn shop where you can purchase laptops, calculators, and cell phones for all your back-to-school needs – provided you can get over the guilt of knowing someone had to sell THEIR school supplies to make a quick buck.
Funny stuff. Better to laugh than to cry, right? Oh yeah – I’ve been crying, too…
I’m hoping to see some of the blog friends I’ve made on Depression’s Collateral Damage (www.depressionscollateraldamage.wordpress.com) here as Mom Goes On gets going. If you haven’t seen anything from that blog, which I maintain along with my friend and co-author, I hope you’ll check it out, too!