Whew. Last week was a trip. Literally and figuratively.
I have many things to say about dropping Aidan off at college but I need some time to process my emotions.
Today is Labor Day. I’m going to take a rest, clean my house, plan some meals and spend time with the other two Zielskes.
Make a Page Monday will be back, hopefully next Monday.
In the mean time, I have big stuff happening this week. BIG stuff. Specifically, my new workshop opens for registration tomorrow at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. I will have a post here explaining all the details.
Super excited to let this groovy memory keeping cat out of the bag.
And speaking of excited, have you seen the new Big Picture Classes website?
Check it out if you have time. It’s so much more intuitive and packed with classes and information. I’m thrilled to have my new class be a part of the new Big Picture Classes!
So happy that your class is happening soon. Perhaps we can help keep you busy enough to ease a little of the separation pain. I have my ‘big’ girls back for the wkend and I know I will be teary when they leave.
Cathy Zielske says
Yes. Hopefully. I just wasn’t prepared for this fully, you know? But I am also so very happy for her. It’s so, so exciting. It’s bittersweet in that regard. 🙂
Can wait for the new class! The Big Pictures Classes new website is awesome I just check it last week. Have a good Labor Day, relax take a deep breathe and process your new emotions we are here for help you ease the pain a little. You are a amazing and brave mama.
Cathy Zielske says
Thank you. I wasn’t able to reply to many comments from my last week’s posts. I was so emotional at what people were sharing and what not. Going to gather it up this week and just soak it all in. 🙂
I’m hoping this is the one you mentioned back in early summer that you said was coming in Fall. I’ve been eagerly awaiting it!
Cathy Zielske says
Yep! It is. All the details will be here on Tuesday around noon or 1 p.m. cst.
Love that you are feeling the feelings, good work! Very curious about the new class. Looking forward to reading all about it tomorrow.
Cathy, I feel your feelings and it stirs up lots of emotions for me too. I can only tell you that it does get a lot better with time, and we are so lucky now to have facetime, and cell phones to check in when we get those feelings of sadness. At the same time, you have done an amazing job for her to be where she is, you have instilled fabulous values, etc and now she is to go out into the world and practice what she has learned. She is a beautiful girl and will go amazing places, and us being the moms, we get to go there with them, if only in our minds!! Big hugs.
Hi Cathy! I am sending friendship and hugs. Just dropped my oldest at airport headed for his senior year of college. Still hard, this letting go thing! Thinking of you this week and looking forward to hearing about your new class….
you’re in my thoughts, cathy. I so relate to your first reply today, “I just wasn’t prepared for this fully, you know?”. I so get that. It’s exactly how I feel. I anticipated many things, but couldn’t anticipate the actual experience.
Our son is not as ‘connected’ as your Aidan, so I read your posts with a little heartsickness. I, too, am listening to those who have gone before, and I’m leaning into my friends and family for support.
On a brighter note, my husband and I have been loving doing a lot of things together – our schedule is different now with our son away (and our 16 yr. old daughter is like your Aidan), so we’re biking, kayaking, going to movies, layin’ around, blah, blah, blah. It’s fun reconnecting with him in a non-parenting role again. One for the win!
You’ll stay in my thoughts, Cathy………
Amanda Villagómez says
I’m excited to hear that you have another class coming out! I am assuming at Big Picture Classes since you talked about their site right after. I can’t wait!
it is very bittersweet. I can’t wait to see the info on your new class.
Whenever I start to get over emotional about milestones in my children’s life, I ground myself by thinking “What if ____________________ (they weren’t able to go to Kindergarten or whatever event that is breaking my heart).” I think of the parents that would love to have their child hitting the milestones I take for granted and am wishing away. Looking at the situation from the opposite angle reminds me that things are exactly as they are supposed to be. It makes me profoundly greatful. It helps me celebrate and let go. As my mother-in-law told me years ago, “You will enjoy every phase. My son is 44 and I love this phase!” Words to live by. I share this only as a means of trying to help. If it doesn’t; just ignore it. I’m full of crap most the time anyway.