Ruhu's Journal, 23 August 2013

We got so much done yesterday, that I have time this morning to check in & go to a workout class (no tv-less fitness room for me... Boot camp instead!) a little later. DS's house mates were great -- helped us pack up his stuff, ship it & do a goodwill drop off. So today, all we have to do is close his bank & college cash accounts, and do a final clean up of his room. We're ahead of schedule & right on track for flying home tomorrow.

It's going to be bittersweet though saying goodbye to his house mates & other friends as well as this school which was the college of his dreams. It was the only school he wanted to visit & then apply to. The visit started in FSU's football stadium, one as nice as any pro stadium I'd ever seen, (DS played football in high school & was captain in his senior year, so the football team was the main attraction for him) & when the cute little bubbly blonde came out to lead the college visit tour, he soon turned to me & said that he "really, really" wanted to go to school here. One of the speakers at his freshman orientation spoke of "living the dream" & he certainly was & has, & has made many great friends and wonderful, fun memories. But as we all know as this one door closes, another had opened up that will hopefully get him to the next stage of life. Most importantly, he seems good with the decision, ready for this next chapter & excited about the opportunities ahead. He'll be at a smaller school which in hindsight will be a better place for him (in addition to his epilepsy, after his college struggles began, he was tested & diagnosed to have ADD), not actively in a fraternity & living at home, so his distractions will be minimized & his presence at school much more visible to others who he can hopefully get help from as needed. So again he is blessed & I am grateful.

But before I get on to my workout & day, I'll again pray for serenity. And throughout this one day and each one moment, meal, bite & emotion, I'll continue to pray, breathe, journal & express my way, each one at a time. I'm so grateful for each of you, this move in/move out process going so smoothly, a wonderful new opportunity for my oldest to succeed at college, my family & other friends, and the health & wealth to enjoy this life I love. My eating is going well as I navigate each meal eaten out. I'm focusing on eating mindfully with intention & attention, and living that way too! Xoxoxo

on diet Ruhu's own diet  


Bittersweet, yes...but sometimes what is BEST is not easily recognized. I think you're doing an amazing job, Mom - in helping him navigate 'growing up'. Much love to you, today!!! 
23 Aug 13 by member: jsfantome
Yes, bittersweet. It's a new chapter for all of you. I hope it's not too hard on him saying goodbye. Remind him that good friends can be forever, regardless of geography. You're a great mom, Ruth.  
23 Aug 13 by member: Helewis
Morning Ruth, lovely journal. The new college sounds like a great fit for your son. He is lucky in a way, that he got to live out that dream, and now he is on to a new dream. And he is lucky too that he has parents that support him as his dreams change. Have an awesome day, Glad you are ahead of schedule and have found time to look after you too. Hope to be back to a somewhat more regular schedule next week. xxx 
23 Aug 13 by member: sarahsmum
Boot camp! You are my hero. Some day I'm going to wake up with your zeal for exercise and there will be no stopping me either. So just keep journaling about it :-) Have fun! 
23 Aug 13 by member: FullaBella
You're like a whirling dervish Ruth. Wish I had half your energy. Have a safe trip home tomorrow. 
23 Aug 13 by member: cjmurph
"Back to school" brings such mixed emotions!  
24 Aug 13 by member: BuffyBear
So sorry I have been awol so much lately, I just went back and got caught up on all your journals. You have been one busy lady. It sounds like you have been an amazing mother. Your son is so lucky to have you. Have a safe trip home.  
24 Aug 13 by member: chattycathy1955
What a busy week you've had. Glad to hear everything is going so well. 
25 Aug 13 by member: SJacqueline


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