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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Winter Break is Over with 100% Chance of Tears

My daughter has left to go back to college today and the whole world is crying! Okay, maybe that's a little dramatic, but it is pouring rain so hard here in Phoenix that we may get our annual rainfall amount in one week! Flights were being cancelled left and right and we were unsure she would actually get to fly out this morning. Miraculously, her flight was one of the few that made it out with the rain and 40 mile-an-hour winds we are experiencing. And, I am sad.

Not sad like I wish she was staying here. I am glad she attends school back east. But, the house is already quiet. Dead quiet, actually. Except for the howling wind and rain outside my window.

Oh, and the marketing assignment that I spend working on for 40+ hours/week this past year, was cancelled yesterday, too. While it has been a creative and very interesting assignment for all of 2009, I am kind of relieved that its over. But, this adds to silence of my life. It seems no longer does anyone need my services......

There is my loving and wonderful husband. He is great, but his days at work are tedious at best and the most I get out of him about his day is a grunt and a mumble. "He has already given at work", and by that I mean, he expends all his happy, positive energy during the day to his clients and to his staff. There is nothing left for me when he comes home. I am his safe know, where he can be a grouchy, tired bear. Where he can voice his doubts and his concerns. Maybe silence isn't so bad after all!

My dog, Wrigley has provided me with some humor today and I thank him for giving me this diversion. Dogs in Phoenix don't understand rain at all. He barks to go outside, looks up and the rainy sky and starts snapping at the rain. Then he proceeds to run around the yard like a madman, barking and prancing some medieval dog rain dance, I reckon. The best part....he smashes his face against the door to come back in, and he's now sopping wet. I bring him in, dry him off and then in about 60 minutes, we repeat this same procedure. Keeps me from thinking about updating my resume, from wondering how to brighten up my evening with Bill and from keeping the empty nest syndrome from rearing its ugly head once again.

Winter break is over. I should be full of promising ideas and thoughts for the future, but today, I cry like the skies in Phoenix.


Blogger Christine said...

Ok - it is hug time! It has been way too long, since we have seen each other - like since October, with the car surprise! Please join us on Friday evening for some fun girl time - the Spring line will put a smile on your face!!

January 25, 2010 at 9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunnier day are ahead for us all, Beth.

January 26, 2010 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger Casey said...

Beth, you're bumming me out today! I'm sorry you're down in the dumps over there, if you get really bored you can come to sunny FL and play with my kids for a day or week or month. I could use some sleep.

I love that Wrigley snaps at the rain, too cute. My dogs do that annoying out/in/out/in thing here all day long but they stay away from the rain.

January 29, 2010 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger steenky bee said...

If it's any consolation, I cried puddles and puddles when I had to leave my parents everytime I visited them
from school. My favorite memory of them during that time was once they came down to visit and then we took an impropt to road trip to Vegas and to the Grand Canyon. It wad my favorite trip by far in my 37 years in this world.

February 8, 2010 at 5:37 PM  

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