Congrats Andy M.
It's 10 days since my youngest's 21st birthday. He had been on the road to no-where this past few years, which was scary for me and I guess finally for him. No job....and 21 years old. Living at home-failure to launch--though a GREAT person to be here with chores and him taking responsibility for himself, never a bother or a conflict. I do adore him.
Now I need to do all the chores he used to do.
He won't be cooking for us or with us. We'll have to take out our own garbage and wash our own dishes. Lawn, snow shoveling......this should all get me back in shape. I'll miss him on fishing trips.
This is a good thing, this is a good thing, this is a good thing.
Someone kindly remind me that this is a good thing when I get to not being sure of myself.
I met someone 6+ years ago, that I trust (amish-y, christian, frugal, down to earth, calm demeanor, excellent teacher)
, that lives 600 miles from here. He and his wife have an organic farm with chickens. He offered to apprentice my son, and amazingly
, my son accepted. I bought him train tickets last week to go for a 3 month commitment which might be extended after that. He left Sat. arrived Sun., worked and learned new things (using a chain saw, hauling wood, met the chickens)
, after being awake 36 hours he crashed and slept 13 hours, got up ate french toast and will spend today working (with chickens and reading the tractor manuals)
. I'm SO HAPPY FOR HIM, I MISS HIM TERRIBLY.
I usually don't cry. (think- Charlie St. Cloud when he is losing his brother)
He's going to learn electrical, plumbing, tractors, machines, chickens, eggs, farmer's market, farm upkeep, computers, and --jack and jill of all trades are his teachers--they are teaching him. It's a good thing for him, and a good thing for the farm. Win-Win!