I'm traveling again -- taking a required training for work and having a pretty good time. I know everyone in the class and, since many of us are mainly telecommuters, we don't get a chance to see each other very often. The class is lively, with excellent discussions and a whole lot of learning going on. I'm not sure the instructors are always fully appreciative of our particular brand of humor, but, nonetheless, they tolerate us.
The drive up Sunday was a glorious one, weather-wise. Before leaving town I met my son and daughter-in-law for Mother's Day Lunch in Yorktown. I think it had been three months or more since we'd shared a meal and we had a good time catching up. Some of the topics were not the normal fare for a Mother's Day lunch, but they didn't dampen the occasion.
When I returned home, just long enough to pack for the trip out of town, I discovered my daughter had called, so, on my way here we chatted. I have to admit, I truly enjoy talking with my grown children. I cannot imagine having youngsters anymore, and one day I look forward to having grandchildren, but for now, I am completely good with having adult, responsible, intelligent children with whom to converse.
I was trying to determine if there was a moment that I discovered their transition from the teen/young 20's to what I would classify as truly "adult" and I simply cannot identify such a moment. I suppose it is just one of those "ahha" moments when I realize I am no longer explaining and giving advise, and trying to help them with their latest catastrophe on every call... that moment when I realize I am gaining as much insight from their observations as I have always tried to share with mine... and it is one of the best Mother's Day gifts a mother could ask for.
The drive was a long one. Virginia was fine, with little to no traffic on the back road route I had selected, but once I crossed the bridge into Maryland, it was a different story. Bumper to bumper traffic the rest of the way was the name of the game. At least we were moving. My cohorts who traveled up I-95 were stuck in non-moving gridlock for hours....
I was happy to pull into the hotel, shortly after dark and was checked into my room a few minutes later. That night I went to bed early (for me) just after midnight, and awakened at 2:33 am, completely at a loss as to where I was. I did not recognize a thing and it took me what seemed like minutes in that half-awake state to figure out I was in a hotel room! Too much stress, I suppose. It takes its toll.
Monday was a long day, and chilly outside, so being stuck inside, even though the sun was shining gloriously, did not bother me at all. Today, on the other hand, it started raining here around noon and they say we should expect this rainy weather the rest of the week. Well, I don't much mind. I have a lot of studying to do and such, so being distracted by lovely weather would not serve me well. My spirits today are a little better than yesterday when I discovered the latest volley from Conflicted Counsel awaiting me in my Incoming Mail online... today I had no such correspondences, but neither did I have any positive ones from my own attorney... I am afraid he is just not the "go-getter" I need....
So tonight, I will spend my time studying, enjoying the drizzle outside the window.... and looking forward to the days when this whole divorce thing is behind me.