A few weeks ago, my son Sean and his wife Mira traveled from Philadelphia to spend five days with us. We had a blast. Sean and Mira stayed at a boutique style hotel named Lodge of the Desert since our coach only sleeps two people.
Here is the weird thing.
I look at Sean and cannot believe my eyes. How did he get to be all grown up? AND married? And how did I get an awesome daughter-in-law named Mira?
Who’d a thunk it?
From Young to Old
My thought processes twirled this mystery like spaghetti on a fork.
For example, I recall that moment when I taught Sean how to use a checkbook, and now he teaches me how to make international phone calls on “What’s Ap”. Our conversations used to revolve around college courses he was enrolled in and now we discuss world events and recipes for Lamb in our Instapots.
It seems like last month when I used to drive him to his baseball games and violin lessons, and now he and his wife drive a rental car to meet us for dinner. Back in his youth, I’d pick up the check at the end of the meal, and now, the waiter delivers it to him?
More spaghetti twirls… Being a mom is a humbling experience. You bring a new life into the world and the next thing you know they come and visit you for their vacation.
As the title to my blog implies, I learned two things from Sean and Mira’s visit. The first one is that “Happiness” is a side-effect. It’s a natural consequence- and in this case of a visit well done.
You can’t strive for Happiness…it just happens…And the smile on my face reflects this.
The second thing I learned is a bit more subtle- or perhaps more of a resignation…
My spaghetti brain will always twirl as I interact with my adult son- because once upon a time he was an infant in my arms. And that’s ok, cuz, I am a mom. His mom. And I embrace the twirl.
Who’d a thunk it?
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All our bags are packed, we’re ready to go… Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon.
One final look from the North Rim before we set out.
“Unbelievable!” he exclaimed.
Side hike to Ribbon Falls.
The Silver Bridge is about a quarter mile long. These grates tend to move as you walk across them. A bit harrowing! At times I managed to bravely look down into the rushing water of the Colorado River. This bridge also houses the trans-canyon water pipeline.
John gets a well-deserved nap.
Sealing our Rim-to-Rim trip with a kiss. We did it!
Our massive site at the Zane Grey Campground, Camp Verde, Arizona.
Reconnecting with our friend, Sue, for a hike that lies between Prescott and Jerome, Arizona.
Very beautiful hike to Fossil Creek Waterfall, Camp Verde, Arizona.
Hiking in Sedona, Arizona.
A lovely meet-up with our friends Theresa and John in Sun City, Arizona.
Training for flat tires and The Tour de Tucson bike ride.
Meet up with dear friends Kate and Tom at Weaver’s Needle RV Resort, Apache Junction, Arizona.