By Kathy Goo
Paul and I have always considered ourselves blessed that all of our kids have managed to stay close to the "home front" with none of them having moved to the mainland...UNTIL NOW. (That's a pretty good record considering we have a total of 7 kids between the two of us!)
About a week ago, Megan and Thomas dropped a bombshell telling us that they are planning on making a move to Washington State within the next year or so. Get out the defibrillator...someone check my breathing...wait, have I stopped breathing? They want to move and take away our newest grandchild, Chloe? NO! It can't be! I'm dreaming, I'm going to wake up any minute now...Paul is going to be shaking me like he does when I'm having a bad dream. Wait, I'm awake. What the heck? It can't be! I'm hearing those words, "...better opportunities, lower cost of living, housing costs"...please, don't let it be true.
My friends are giving me "counseling sessions" to help me grab hold of this possibility. One of my best friends moved to Japan with her family about a year ago. At the time, her daughter had just turned 1...I'm sure her parents (who are very close to Zoe) were feeling what I'm feeling. She said that they Facetime and Skype all of the time to keep in touch.
Paul and I are still in denial. We understand, but we don't. We know we have to "let go", but we don't want to. I cry when I think about it. They have to do what they think is right for their little family, and we will support them no matter what...but it doesn't mean we have to like it. :(''' Boo!