Carmen V....hugs to you!
My daughter was an exchange student in France, in her junior year of high school. She was there for a month, living with a family part of the time in the countryside, and part of the time in Paris. She loved it and I missed her. I wanted to project all the best vibes on her trip for safety, fun and smooth flight, but was scared silly, so was just about able to control myself and talk myself through that month.
We are very close, and she is so gorgeous, confident, capable and consistently more sensible than her friends, so I felt pretty secure about it. She called once or twice but was quite at home there. That was when she was 17.
Now she is 20! She has lots of great memories about that and an album and scrapbook all dedicated to that trip. I recommend that. I bought the scrapbook for her while she was gone, and gave it to her as a welcome home gift. She was thrilled.
NM...My youngest son is graduating in two weeks also...*sigh*...my last kid through high school. I know it is hard to believe all that time has passed. His 18th birthday was just a couple weeks ago. (hugs to you, NM, and I will think of you when I am at my son's graduation....nice to know that you are out there!)
When he was born, we were living by the river, which was wonderful. His was a homebirth and I just kept watching the river go by...no matter what, it kept on flowing, so it strengthened me to go with the flow and power of the contractions. His was the shortest, though most intense labor by far, of my three.
The lilacs were open and I had some to smell during contractions. Lilacs are my favorite. When I think of lilacs, I think of my son.
Anyhow...it was nice reminiscing with you all.
I wish all the youthful travelers lots of fun. They are very lucky to have moms like you all!
Joyce in the mts.