There's something special about mother-son relationships. And it was really difficult when he moved over five hours away to go to Duke. It just felt like the family wasn't complete once he left. It took a good while for me to go to a restaurant and ask for a table for four instead of five (and to not cry when I did so!). Each time he comes home to visit, I feel like everything is good...complete...as it should be.
But now that's he's graduated, he's taken a job up there. He's in love with Durham. And more, he's in love with a young woman who he's dated for three years who's still in pharmacy school at UNC. So North Carolina is now his home. As I flew out on Monday morning, looking at the beautiful scenery, I felt sad. But I also felt good that he's in a great place with a wonderful girlfriend--a place where he's extremely happy.
And isn't that the whole point? To see them through to adulthood, praying they'll meeting the person God intends for them, praying they'll be happy and productive and giving, serving the Lord in all they do.
Sunday after graduation, he came to the hotel to give me my Mother's Day card. I was impressed that he even remembered with all that had been going on. The card made me cry. It says:
Mom, You were the first woman in my life. And what a woman. Strong, kindhearted, and good. Most of all, loving. And today, I hope you know how much I respect you and love you for the amazing woman and mother you are. Happy Mother's Day to the first lady of my heart.
Yeah, there's something special about a mother-son bond. Something that will last a lifetime.