So last Sunday my son turned 18. I've known for a long time that the day was coming that he would be ready to head out on his own. I just wasn't ready for it yet. I got all weepy and stepped away from the dinner festivities to get myself together. My 12 year old (also much older than I thought she could be!), passed a book under the door and said "I think you need this mom."
She had passed me the book I used to read to Andrew every night before bed. A book with a song in it. "Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch. "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living my baby you'll be." Seeing the cover of the book brought the tune I'd made up for the song back like a tidal wave and I completely fell apart!
While it knocked me flat in the moment, I've been reminded that while he is leaving us to move on to his next adventure, he's not leaving us behind. Hopefully he'll bring us along in his heart as he has adventures and makes mistakes. Hopefully he'll know that regardless of how far he goes, we will always be here for him to come home and touch base when he needs to.
"I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living my baby you'll be."