The best title I will ever have in my life is "mom."
Over the last 48 hours I've gotten to spend time with each of my adult children, and it's hard to describe how incredibly lucky I feel.
Our daughter Jaelyn is getting married in just under five weeks, and we have spent a lot of time together making preparations. Last night she spent the night (it was her fiancee's bachelor party). We got Chinese takeout, and we watched "Bridesmaids."
As we were hanging out, I realized that this will probably be the last time she spends over before she gets married.
Even though she's an amazing young woman, I treasured those moments spending time with my little girl. When we got up this morning, Jaelyn, my husband Jack, and I spent more time than usual sitting around the breakfast table talking. It was as if we all somehow knew that everything will be different, yet none of us said a word about it. It isn't as if things will drastically change when Beau and she get married, but yet there will be change.
I'm not quite ready for that to happen. It's like I wanted to preserve the time with my little girl while ignoring the fact that she is an adult preparing to marry an awesome guy who we are excited to officially welcome into our family.
And, if that wasn't enough, today I got to go out to lunch and spend some writing time with my son Nolan. We try to get together every so often to write and we carved out a few hours today. We went to lunch at Jones Bros. in Aksarben Village. It was a beautiful day to sit outside and just chat about what we've been up to lately.
Afterwards, we went back to his new place and commenced with our writing. We chatted some about the upcoming election and what pieces of writing we're working on. I appreciate that we can work in silence, break into conversation, and then go back to writing. We've always had that ebb and flow, and I don't think I quite appreciated it until today.
I also appreciated that Nolan rearranged some of his day so that we could hang out together. He has a full life, both professionally and personally. Yet, he always makes time for his family.
I think that's probably one of the best things Jack and I could have ever done as parents. Because we always spent a ton of time with our families as the kids grew up, they continue to make time for the family as adults.
It's just something we do. And, whether Nolan and Jaelyn realize it or not, those moments might be more treasured than they will ever know.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.