Monday, January 21, 2013

Careful what you pray for

Someone in my family had good news this week.  After a two year search, and a gazillion interviews, our son has landed the job of his dreams.  In southern California. I know.  I'm sad.

A road trip is called for!  By February 1st, we will pack what's reasonable to carry into a Ford Focus--after the golf clubs, that won't be much--and we'll head first south, and then west.  I hope he packs hankies. I don't think we can handle the more direct route through the mountains in the heart of winter, so we'll follow the trail of The Mother Road.  Route 66. I'm already looking for diners along the route that we simply can't miss, and landmarks we shouldn't.

I can't quite believe I'm doing another cross country trip by car in less than 6 months.  At least I get to fly home at the end of this one. Though I'm sure I won't want to leave him there.

Oh, hell.  I can't think about that...

Nope.  Can't go there yet.  I'd rather focus on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and an amazing soundtrack.


15 comments:

Rose said...

Ouch. Good news for him, tough for you. I predict visiting in your future! Good luck.

Stephanie V said...

Having a son snag that dream job is so wonderful...been there, too. I envy you a road trip along Rote 66 - we did a little through AZ on our desert trip. Lots of soundtrack moments. Maybe you can stay in the 'teepee' motel.
Sounds like you're feeling better...yay!!

Rositta said...

I feel your pain already Rudee. My one and only child left home at 19 to live in Yellowknife (4000 km) and never returned hone to live. That was 28 years ago and I still miss him terribly. He's now in Calgary which is a little closer. The road trip should be amazing though, enjoy it...ciao

Jane Galley said...

The bitter sweet joys of motherhood! So glad he's found his dream job though, not many can say that these days

NCmountainwoman said...

It's always a bittersweet time. Enjoy your trip and cry all the way home.

Finding Pam said...

Nothing is better than seeing your son's dreams come to a realization. I wish him well in his new job. I still miss my sons, but as their mother, I wouldn't want them to live with us forever. The first time they leave is the hardest.

Stop and see us if you land in east Texas. We would love to have you stay the night.

Brenda said...

Oh dear. Good news for Brian...but sad for Mom. Have to start collecting some travel rewards maybe. Or maybe you will get the itch to pack everyone up and move there. I have a Route 66 cookbook. If you have time to visit me in St Louis let me know. I would love to see you.

Irene said...

I lived far away from my children since they were old enough to leave. It wasn't a pleasure and it broke my heart. At least you know that your son is leaving you for the right reason. xox

The Bug said...

I'm so pleased for your son - and sad for you. This is how my brother & SIL felt when they found out their son would be posted in Washington state once he finishes his Army basic training (they live in NC). And they're planning a road trip too - in May :)

Alice said...

My younger brother and I moved off to various locations. In my case people were always puzzled that I lived by myself so far from family. I always could say "my parents started it!"
My House in N.E. is the longest I've lived anywhere in my life!
Tenn., Calif., Mich., Alaska., New Mex., and finally Mass.
I wish you a safe trip and a special time.

Winifred said...

Not sure whether to laugh or cry at that news Ruth! I mus be lovely for him but hard for you.

Might be nice to revisit that old TV series of Route 66, I remember it well!

Ruth said...

COngratulations to your son - its sad and hard to feel happy about it, but that whats children do - they leave. Daughter went to the UK from Australia for 6 years, thank fully she is now back and we got to visit 3 times but I missed her. thank goodness for email and telephone - skype was not really around then.
Enjoy Rout 66 - its on our bucket list for one day.

Mimi said...

Glad for your son, sad for you.
Route 66 does sound exciting though!

Hope you're feeling better now Rudee, and that "someone" replaced your pasta dish.

Annie H said...

Remember...we raise our children to let them go

live in fabulous places to visit. Priceline has become another BFF. (Thank your lucky stars it's not North Dakota :>) )

Mausie1 said...

I am sending my best wishes to your son... yes its hard to let go but thats the way life is.. Enjoy the trip and be careful out there... hugs Mausie