Happy Saturday to you all! My Saturday is not so happy, but I have many things to keep me busy today and I will look for the good!
This morning, I saw my youngest daughter off (again) as she drives back to Texas so she can prepare for her sophomore year at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. She is taking a huge step in her life as she will be moving in with her boyfriend there. We are not on board with this living arrangement, but, alas, she is an adult. We like her boyfriend. He is a few years older. Smart, ambitious. He has goals. He treats her like a Queen. He graduates from college this fall. He is of left leaning persuasion, as are his highly educated parents, and this is a VERY HUGE DEAL to us.
My husband is driving she and her cat for 12 hours today in her packed car. During a pandemic.
Oh, and did I mention Corpus Christi made the national news last night?
That’s right, Corpus Christi is one of the hottest spots for the virus in the US right now. I’ve been following the news there, and the anti maskers and virus deniers are in full force. In addition to the idiots (sorry, there is no other word) that keep flocking to the coast to vacation. It’s unreal. And now they are ordering morgue trucks because things are so dire.
My hometown. The city where I am sending my baby girl to live.
Her job experience is in food service, first as a hostess, now as a server. Her boyfriend is a good cook for nice restaurants. This is the last place I want either of them to be right now. I do know they are both trying to be extra careful, and both respect and believe in science. We don’t even know for sure what her campus will do for school yet. I hope they can get a handle on things super soon there.
I sure did enjoy having her here with me for a while. She cooked for us. She cleaned. She helped me go through boxes. I will miss her daily presence. Avery is an amazing young woman. She is VERY politically involved and is a staunch supporter of women’s rights, racial equality, LGBTQ rights, animal rights. I know she will do great things someday.
Last night, she, her sister, and I went for one last walk together.
My husband made us steaks and we had an amazing meal with parmesan asparagus, baked potatoes and jalapeño poppers. You may think it is just another dinner, but for us it was special. We all sat down together at the table which is not how we usually roll. (We are a very untraditional family in many ways. I eat standing up in the kitchen, my husband eats at table, my daughter eats at desk. We all eat at different times a lot. Even different meals, LOL).
Anyhoo, even Butter sensed something last night. He climbed up in her lap as she and I sat chatting on the patio together.
And then this morning, saying goodbye (for now).
Oh my Mom heart. Please say a little prayer for all of us.