Friday, July 20, 2018

We have come full circle...............

It will be the Cuckoos 9th anniversary of having arrived back here in Albuquerque in just a few days. GereaKaye was already here with us having spent a month for the second year in a row. Shelley and RyLeigh (who was a completely different child back then) drove all the way from South Carolina to come back in a U-haul with all she could fit in it and begin again.

Tonight is the last night of the Cuckoos reign en masse here. Our last "good night" hugs in person. Saturday, Brian is coming here with a U-haul and they will take their "stuff" and begin again in Rio Rancho. I am so happy for all of them. Their new do over is going to be wonderful for all of us. (I just keep saying it out loud, so it will be true).

So much has happened in the last few months for all of us. It has been a whirlwind of change and it will take us all awhile to get into the new routine. In the meantime, we'll just continue being who we are.....a family who loves each other fiercely.

It's almost surreal to watch the grands pack up their childhoods and move on into being a new family unit with Brian and his girls. Shelley and I are having a bit of time, thinking about being apart from each other. We have such a special relationship. And the grands keep reassuring me (and themselves) of how "they will get back on this side of the river more often than we can even know". I know it's true and I have the assurance in knowing we will see each other all the time.

My house will go through a change as well. Rooms repurposed, some back the way it was pre-Cuckoo, others will remain empty for a time. The garage may just be able to be used for projects, not a storage shed. There are so many possibilities. But who will I wrangle into forced fun to clean all this mess out? No more slave power here, just us old rusty hen and rooster to do the work. It may take us longer without the grands and Shelley, but we'll get it done eventually.

The first room to be put back to former times will be the office for Joe and me. Then it is my hope to reclaim the middle bedroom as a studio. Who knows, I might even "art" again.

Don't mean to be morose, have lots to be thankful for and I am. I also have been so immersed in the growing up of my grands and it's gonna take a bit for me to find the pre-Cuckoo Linda who has been very busy for the last 9 years sharing life with the most wonderful, loud, funny, happy grands and their Mom, my best friend and daughter.

Honestly, I am smiling with tears running down my cheeks. I am proud and happy for them and Joe and me.

Smooches and Squoozes, Oma Linda

11 comments:

  1. It will take a little while but you will find a new routine and I guarantee once you get your studio room back you WILL be arting again.

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    1. This afternoon, I'm getting antsy just looking around and seeing the possibilities of having more time, more energy and certainly more space to art........ Thanks for reading me. xoxo Oma Linda

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  2. Oh Love, you won't find exactly who you were at any past season of life, for you are a new creature, wiser, softer, and quietly stronger every day. Give yourself time to get to know this New Mighty Woman whom you have become. All my love to you, Deb

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    1. I will take your wisdom and cherish it. I will be a New Mighty Woman and I'll take your loving kindness and be blessed by it. xoxo Oma Linda

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  3. *hugs* and passes tissues *while pondering the joy of having you "art" again* ...remember scrapbooking? You have so many awesome photo's to put together...9 years of naughtiness to giggle over...and then there is always Oz remember...(wiggly lines, wiggly lines...fades back to 2016) XXX

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    1. Oh yes, Oz has been quietly whispering to me and telling me it's possible. I love the 9 years of naughtiness....how did you know. Thanks so much for your lovely comment, xoxo Oma Linda

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  4. Teary smiles aren't so bad. Yes, they are leaving... but think about how exciting it will be when they visit! And how cool it will be to make surprises for them in your reclaimed studio, or to cyber-travel in your new-old shared office. It will be good, if bittersweet. But the bitter ache is what reminds us just how wonderful the sweetness is.

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    1. You are such a wise, juicy woman. I admire your level headedness and your courage. It will be good and bittersweet and we (the Cuckoos) will be just a strong but in different locations. Thanks for the reminder of being strong. I'm trying. xoxo Oma Linda

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  5. I know it is such a massive change my Lindy, I know there have been highs so high you were with me in the air, and naturally there are times we feel our wings falter.
    The fact that Shelly and her beautiful babies felt loved and safe with you and Joe, proves what a beautiful, strong, caring (and fantastically weird, don't forget the weird) old broad you are! New times for play ahead my lovely, I hope I will be invited too? I wish all of you, many bushels of good luck on your new paths, let the magic begin :o)

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  6. Another big step in all your lives!!! There will be tears, but there is going to be such happiness when they visit! And, you might be creating again! That is exciting!! Big Hugs!

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  7. Huge hugs faraway friend!
    Having experienced this , I feel your emotional spin!
    I am thrilled for Shelley! Well done!
    Now for YOU! Emotional elastic doesn't snap back easily, gratitude, & love has served you all well, continue this, and know You shine brighter than ever!
    PS.....love & hugs

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