We are a family that likes to travel. We journey to spend time with people we love. We go to places we’ve never been or even return to old haunts with new eyes. But we ourselves, within us, know that we journey through many of life’s events.
One such ride is that of becoming a mother. I look back to those months of perpetual nausea and heaviness during my pregnancy. Then the kicking within my belly that would wake me at night. Before we knew it, she was out into the world, yelling her lungs out to declare her arrival. It was bliss.
We went through the growing up years, juggling schedules, school work, sports, this and that commitment. I often catch myself now saying to younger parents that these years go quickly, almost with the blink of an eye. Once she had the car keys, once she was her self-assured but not-quite-sure self, our role became that of consultant.
Nowadays, I’m still a consultant of sorts. More sounding board, really. More friend, perhaps. I am very comfortable in my empty-nest state. I’ve talked about this before and when I alerted her about posting it then, she said she was touched!
I often find myself going to her room. In there are still her stuff: Books, awards, plaques, trophies, knickknacks, lots of pictures and other memorabilia. In her bathroom are still her things, her clothes in the dressing room neatly folded and piled, her dresses hanging in rows. Her room doubles now mostly as a second guest room these days. She does come to stay during the holidays.
Is her room really the last bastion of hanging on to her? Am I hoping secretly she might come back and inhabit this space again? Will changing this room into something completely different be an act of betrayal, perhaps to a memory, not necessarily to a person? I go in there for the memories, more than anything. It shall stay that way for now.
This post was written in response to Michelle W.’s Daily Prompt: Journey. Please go and see what others may have done with the prompt.
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