A Mother's LoveSubmitted by Unknownuser on Sat, 06/28/2014 - 23:50
I was only 17 when I had my son. His father was young also and decided he couldn't handle being responsible for another human. He skipped town and left me to care for my child on my own. The first years were a struggle. While I was still a child myself, I was forced to grow up instantly. I'm not going to bore you with a long sappy story about how I struggled through the years as a single mom to make ends meet and raise a child. I'm sure you've all heard this story time and time again. Yes, I was your typical single mom...a statistic.
Fast forward 16 years later. Happily married and have a pretty damn great teenage boy. No other children...unfortunately God decided it isn't in the cards for me and the one child I have is so awesome and special that I needed to focus all my attention on him.
Today was a very emotional and proud day for me. My husband and my son packed up the car and headed 4 hours south down to the U of M. My son will be enduring 28 days of the J Robinson Intensive wrestling camp. Yes...that's an entire month of blood, sweat, and tears. This will be one of the hardest things my son will probably do in his life and I am so damned proud of him for taking this on!
As I stood in the driveway waving and blubbering like an ol' buffoon, I remembered the day I brought him home from the hospital and his first day of school and all the wonderful moments I've experienced as a mother watching my boy become a young man. And all I can say to myself is "I can't believe it". The truth is I cannot believe I raised such a wonderful child and now he is growing up and will soon be starting a life on his own. I feel an overwhelming sense of happiness yet a little empty. For 16 years my whole life has been about him. He is my life. What does a mother do when her children leave the nest?