Sunday, July 30, 2006

The Beginning of Change

Change is coming to the home of Jimmie Earl. As sure as the wind blows out of the west in this part of the nation, change is coming. You all know that Prof is moving to Montana. Well, yesterday she came home and began repacking stuff. She and I labored over many of her 34 boxes of books, sorting and resorting. She has a limited amount of space in her vehicle, so she wants to maximize quality over quanitity...except for her books. She narrowed down the amount of boxes of books to go to Montana to 5. The rest she put in storage, along with personal stuff she had stacked in our garage. I agreed to or maybe insisted that she keep her Christmas decorations here instead of storage. Today, she is sorting stuff upstairs in her room, determining what goes into storage, what stays here and what she can possibly cram into every available corner of her car.
One week and two days, and counting, and she will be leaving. I tell myself as a fellow educator that this is a wonderful opportunity for her. As a father, I tell myself that I can bear to watch her go. Now whether I can convince my inner self of all of this is a different story. I know that she will do a great job teaching high school. I know that she is a mature adult able to take care of herself, and I know she will be okay. I also know that I will miss seeing her. Hopefully she will be here for Thanksgiving and also at Christmas. That's not too long.
So readers, just keep us in your thoughts. It's hard to see children spread their wings, but I sorta consider myself the wind beneath her wings. I want her to soar!
Good luck, and God speed, Prof.


Amaranth said...

I'm sure it's hard to see her go, but it's important that you encourage her. One of the best things I did in my life was to move to the east coast (from the upper midwest) on 2 weeks notice when I was 20. I moved for a job, and ended up only staying 5 months or so, but the experience was priceless. It's much different than just moving out of the house, becuase you are totally on your own and able to learn and discover the world and yourself on your own terms. That 5 months was more influential to my character than the 13 years I spent in public school, because I really started to discover who I was and what I believed, rather than just doing and saying and thinking what I was told to believe. I don't think it ever would have happened if I had stayed close to home.

Jimmie Earl said...

I am encouraging her and I really want her to go. She has not lived at home for 15 years until recently. She moved back home for a while to get her life back on track and save up some funds. I am so grateful for our time together these last few months, but it makes it harder for us to see her leave. I think it will be the experience of a lifetime for her. Montana is a beautiful place. I know she will revel in it's beauty and exceed in her chosen career!

Professor said...

You gave me wings- I'm flying! Love you daddy!