Mama On The Edge (Part I)

The past year for me can be summed up as the “year of losses.”  In fact, the stress of the last six months of 2011 have left me quite frequently at a loss for breath.  Literally.   My mom keeps worrying that it’s a heart problem, but I know better.  Yet, with 2012 comes the potential for the worst loss imaginable since Middle Son J will be heading off to one of the most dangerous places in the world to scout out bombs.  I would relive last year many times over to avoid this scenario.

Not all of the “losses” we suffered were bad things. But even good changes are stressful.  Oldest Son left the frequently gray skies of Western Pennsylvania in May to join his fiance and her family in sunny California to start his new life there and help plan their wedding.  Youngest Son packed up most of his belongings to move into an apartment across the state in order to attend medical school.  These are good things, but major changes for our little nuclear family. 

Although we don’t go away on vacation every year, Big Daddy decided early in the year that we should rent a beach house since we may not all be together again for a while.  This was before we realized that Oldest Son would already be on the other side of the country–in fact, I don’t even think he realized it at the time.  But still–we knew our Bonus girls had never seen the ocean, and Middle Son J, his girlfriend Kathy, and Youngest Son were all able to come up with an available week in their insanely busy schedules to hit the North Carolina beach for some much needed rest and relaxation!  Image

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6 Responses to “Mama On The Edge (Part I)”


  1. 1 Cyndi January 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Les, I’m so happy to see your blog again! Not so happy to hear about everyone leaving. My oldest son is only 13 and I’m already sad about him starting high school. And J…..I’d be a wreck over him going into a dangerous bomb-scouting situation!! Your picture of the NC coast is great! It’s so beautiful and I miss it. I’m happy that everyone was able to make it for your vacation there. Can’t wait for part II!

    • 2 les@mamaneeds2rant January 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks, Cyndi! I think I’m ready to write again. At least while I can. And as much as I can. Now if only you and the rest of our little group of bloggers get inspired to resurrect your blogs…

  2. 3 Cindy Alden January 1, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Leslie! Happy New Year!
    Just keep the image of that beach in your mind when things get crazy and think happy thoughts!
    Love.
    me

  3. 4 les@mamaneeds2rant January 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Oh yes, Cindy. How I’d love to be basking on that beach!! Happy New Year to you too. Hope to see you soon!

  4. 5 lynette January 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Hi Les! I will keep Middle Son in my prayers… I cannot imagine all the other leavings… my daughter is a senior this year, the college applications are in… now we sit and wait. i dread her “leaving” me, although she has chosen to focus on colleges less than an hour from home (yay!).

    i have also had a breathless fall… so much to say, so unable to put it into words, so little time…

    here’s to hoping that 2012 brings gifts and wonders.

    it is good to see you writing again 🙂

  5. 6 les@mamaneeds2rant January 1, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Hi Lynette! Thanks for your kind words and prayers!

    I think both you and your daughter will be happy if she finds a good school not too far from home. Youngest Son lived on campus even though the school he chose was only about 10 miles away. He got the full college experience because we let him live his life like he was far away, but any time he felt the need to come home, had a doctor’s appointment, or realized he needed something that he forgot to bring, the short drive home was much appreciated.

    Best wishes for 2012!


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