Friday, May 4, 2007

Asia Bound

         

Megan's nickname is Baby.  Her SN is Baby.  She is my baby.  She's been to France twice.  She went when she was 16 and again 17.  No matter what has happened recently, Megan is my sunshine child.  She was always happy and smiling.  Her face was an open book.  She never lied; couldn't lie because her eyes would give her away.

Basically, she is still that smiling child; full of adventure and a zest for life.  She had a teeny little suitcase when she was small that was always ready to be packed if anybody invited her anywhere.  A traveler she has always been.

She was up all night packing and getting ready.  When we were entering the ramp to the airport, she was beaming with total excitement.  Somehow, this mama's heart was sinking.  Dang, didn't expect that to happen.

She got her ticket, had her passport scanned, suitcase weighed (41.9 lbs.  lol...she knew it was under 50) and off she went to go through security which means mom had to say goodbye.  Well, see ya later.  I took a couple of pictures on my phone which I will try to upload later.  10 minutes and off she went to her gate leaving mama standing behind.....lost.  I just wasn't expecting to feel this way.

Sure, she will be 21 in a month but she looked like a little kid to me.  She was meeting her group at the gate, and I just stood there like a fool; wanting to grab her back.  She should be able to e-mail from different universities that they are visiting.  She did call from O'Hare because I had a password assigned to her bank account when I used to have to check the balance by phone.  She was trying to transfer some funds by phone and didn't know the password. 

Wonder why it's so different when they travel halfway across the world?  I rarely talk to her more than once a week when she's at school.  Ugh....now, I can't wait until she gets home.

HUGS!!!  Chris


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27 comments:

lisa41076 said...

Chris, hope Megan has a great and safe trip to Asia, Hugs Lisa

emmi2sweet said...

OMG, that take is breathtaking. I hope your baby has a safe trip. Emmi

lanurseprn said...

Beautiful tag you made. I think no matter what age they are, they are still our babies. Maybe it's the independence, or the feeling that you aren't needed on this adventure that's making you sad.  
I hope she has a safe and FUN trip!
Hugs, Pam

ktkamanski said...

I don't think the feelings of giving them their independence is ever easy.  I know your proud of her and I am sure she feels the same - It's time to spread those wings and she'll be home before you know it!  Have a fun weekend!

dwhee70041 said...

Chris,
Megan and my son, Nathan are the same age.  Nathan has been to Japan twice. Once in middle school for 2 weeks and than again in High School for 6 weeks. Japanese is his second language.  I know what you are feeling.  I also know the joy when they return.  I know she is going to have a great time.  It is going to be a wonderful experience.  
Smiles,
David

astoriasand said...

I know how you feel Chris in every word you write,it makes me think of my youngest son.He was the same out of all the four children I had.I hope she has a fantastic time and she deserves to.The time will fly by for you and Megan you'll see, and I bet she misses you just as much as you miss her.Safe journeys to Megan there and back.The graphic is beautiful.Take Care God Bless .Kath
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queenb8261 said...

Breathtaking tag.  I know exactly what you mean.  Mine are 25,29, & 33 and I think they will always be  my babies. LOL Hope Megan has a great trip.  Letting my 3 go off to the military, esp our daughter was my hardest "lettting go" moment.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs, Barb

hugsdoodlewacky said...

((((((((((((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU)))))))))))))))))))))What a beatiful graffic for a beatiful entry.I know you are missing Her,you sound just like any Mom.Would love to know how She is doing,when you hear from Her.Have a good day.

jeadie05 said...

I have exactly that feeling when any of mine go away ,just cant say goodbye ...love Jan xx

rdautumnsage said...

(Hugs) In a few days you will still be missing her, but sighing a sign of relief for the peace and quiet that is well earned and deserved. I get to see my daughter maybe once a month anymore and each time we leave I can't stop hugging her enough. But I know she has her wings and needs to try flying solo for a time. Loving you!!(Hugs) Indigo

drb1064 said...

There is true love and devotion seeping from the words you have written. Safe journey to your baby.
Debbie
xxx

bgilmore725 said...

I love your Asian tag. I don't think we ever really feel comfortable when our children go that far away. Since yours is a Traveler, you may as well get used to it. Can we trust the world with our children? We really don't have a choice, unless we choose to keep them locked up in our homes. Despite the few rare things that could go wrong, there are a multitude of things that can go right. Three cheers for your daughter. Stay in touch with your baby, and pray for her safe passage. I will pray for her safe journey as well. Bea

midwestvintage said...

 I hate seeing my children leave and when my oldest moved 1000 miles away my heart broke.   Soon she will be back and fill you in on all her fun and excitement.  Take care

                  Julie

tillywooat62 said...

It doesnt matter how old your children are,  they are still your babies at heart, I hope that she enjoys her trip, and is soon back home telling you all about her adventure, lovely graphic
Love Lynne xx

jckfrstross said...

i am sure your heart was breaking:) funny how kids grow up and move on but mom stays the same:) have a good weekend

Deb

penniepooh said...

I`m sure I would have felt the same way. It`s a big trip and in so many ways she is still so young and well, like you said - she`s your baby. I hope she has a fantastic time!!
Love ya
pen

queeniemart said...

I know you'll have her in your thoughts constantly until she is back home. I will pray for her......i hope she has the best time over there!!!
Love,lisa

gehi6 said...

I know I'd have the jittrs if it was my daughter taking a plane to Asia  My daughter has always been a traveler, too.  She somehow managed to fly to Mexico City when she was in college and during one summer she spent several weeks staying with a friend somewhere in Mexico.  They went mainly to practice their Spanish which she now speaks very well.  (sounds good to me)  She has so much confidence speakng a foreign language  With nursing she will really be able to use it  Megan sounds like a very fun daughter.  I do hope she has a safe trip.  Gerry

princesssaurora said...

Ahhh well, it is the illusion that her being 'closer' means 'safer' and within your control, my sweet fellow mama.  Yes, I haven't had to face this yet... but it will be happening to me too.  Hang in there... prayers coming for you to make it thru this my friend.

be well,
Dawn
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cherry2sweet2eat said...

i hope she enjoys her trip and that is such a gorgeous tag.

eyesbaerle said...

I understand fully how you feel, Chris. My daughter has been to Germany, all by herself, several times.... starting when she was only 14. I can't say it ever got easier to say good bye at the airport, more often she flew. - I was living for her return and still remember the loving and relieved feeling I had when I welcomed her back into my arms. - You know, now we are 1600 miles apart and who knows for how long?
- I will keep Megan in my thoughts and prayers. She surely sounds like a very adventures and strong daughter - I hope the time will go by fast for you to see her again. Then she will have lots to tell and you too will be able to "travel" and if it is just in your thoughts. Take care my friend. Hugs, Maria

xxroxymamaxx said...

(((((Chris))))), Big hugs girlfriend.  She'll be fine I'm sure of it.  I know it is hard to let go.  You still got those apron strings tied pretty tight don't ya?  lol  me too. love ya, Shelly

springangel235 said...

Your an awesome Mom to a great daughter...may she have a safe trip, have a good time....and know she has the best family there is left behind.  She will be fine!!  Sure sounds like a beautiful time she will have too.  Doing my catching up...sending you an email with apologies for not being around lately...many hugs and love,
Joyce

preciousone25 said...

Hugs to you, girlfriend!!  She'll be fine, and she'll be home safe... this is just to get YOU ready for the time she leaves for college to stay awhile!!

Take Care,
Joann

gotomaria said...

Hi Chris,  sounds like a wonderful experience for both you and your daughter...it's good for people to travel to see how it is around the world.  We are pretty lucky here in the US.  Maria  

jmoqueen said...

Awwww I bet you will miss her like crazy.  I guess it's different coz she's not just down the road anymore. I'm sure she'll be fine though xx

Jenny

stetsonsfyre said...

Awwwwwwwwwww it will be ok Chris... Baby knows you love her and miss her and waiting at home for her to get back.  Hugz, Teresa