Back when I was in college, I don’t remember having a “Fall Break”. I saw it in the calendar but I didn’t pay much attention to it for back in the day, we would have figured out what to do on a long weekend. Well, this is apparently a “new day” for Ryan was chomping at the bit to get home. We reside in the great state of Maryland so “home” is not a hop, skip.
Needless to say, I found myself on line trying to find a ticket for him to come home for this break. I lucked up and found a ticket that was quite reasonable from Chattanooga into Washington DC therefore making it possible for him to come home.
In true form and excited, he began to tell me of all the plans he had to come here and then head up to Pine Forge Academy, his high school alma mater in Pennsylvania and to hook up with some of his buddies who are now attending Washington Adventist University. I noticed that none of these plans included spending any time with us, the family that loves and misses him… except for the specific home cooked meal that was requested. I also realized that I had not seen him since July and it was now October. Wow, that was the longest time ever spent away from my child. Strange concept.
I was talking to my girlfriend who also has a child who is a college sophomore and as I was lamenting about how he wanted to do this and that, she quickly reminded me that I was still the mother and that I could just tell him no. This visit was a home visit and not a travel home to travel visit! Revelation for me!!! I agreed and put my mother hat back on and let him know that he was coming home to see us and he could save all the traveling for another visit. Yes, I’m still in control (so I thought). He agreed but what did I turn around and do? Only what a mom would do. I called all of his local friends and invited them over for Sabbath dinner. So much for quiet family time!
Ryan got home on Thursday, slept all day Friday, spent the nite at WAU with his friend on Friday nite, went to a different church on Sabbath. Went out on Sat nite and was gone on Sunday! He had a ball and truthfully, so did we. We were so glad just to have him in our space again that it didn’t matter that every waking moment wasn’t spent with us. He’s “grown” but still our baby and we loved every minute of his visit.
Thankful for fall break. Now know what to expect for Thanksgiving break.