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