My six boxes of Kleenex and I will be leaving in five days, some 2000 miles away from my baby. And while I try and wrap my head around this fact (knowing I won’t see him until Christmas), I struggle with a reaction to be flippant and say: “He’s got school and an adult now so I’m out of here”. But I can’t even fake it. I know…that’s the way life goes…it goes on. Nothing ever stays the same. And it’s just time. Honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way. He is after all, 19 and a half years old. I will eventually adjust like all parents before me. But…right now, I can’t write without tearing up. No, truthfully, I’ve got it running down my cheeks and I don’t even care if I am in the waiting room of the Ford Garage and I’m making people uncomfortable. Hello?! My life as I knew it is done. Deal with it folks…I’m trying to! Ha ha.
<sniff, snivel, blows nose>
Okay, so anyhow…
The top eleven things I’m going to miss about Northern Indiana:
- Jake (Shocking, I know.)
- The ever happy, sweet King dog – Along with his owners, my husband’s Aunt and Uncle, who Jake and I have been living with the past year and a half. *xoxo to the three of them.
- The mass amounts of driving (buggy) horses and draft horses everywhere I look. *Note: I’ve learned to recognize when I’m following a real fancy one when I see from under the buggy, the hooves have some serious “hang time”. I admit, I rubberneck big time when I go around them.
- Forks Grocery
- E&S Sales aka, The Amish Costco (No one calls it that but me…I think).
- The Essenhaus Bakery/Restaurant (Okay, mainly the bakery)
- Driving by “Memories”. The ball field where Jake learned to ride his bicycle without the training wheels. (The gravel at our place was too difficult.). The park where he learned to pump his legs to swing himself. The big white house we rented when we first arrived in Shipshewana, January of ’98. The….Oh, you get it.
- The neat and tidy everything here.
- The really “BIG Boy” farm machinery working the fields – So impressive.
- “Fly-by’s” from a certain WWII Stearman or crop duster plane.