It hits you when you least expect it.
That TWINGE of mom grief.
The lump in your throat, tear in your eye, and melancholy in your mom heart.
It might be something as simple as…
watching your 10-year-old jump in a pile of leaves knowing this might be the last time she feels carefree enough to do so because she is heading into those self-conscious middle school years.
your eighth grader asking to stand back-to-back with you so he can prove he has passed you up in the mom/son height race.
your newly-licensed driver waving goodbye to you as she backs down your driveway headed off for the very first time EVER alone in the family car.
unthinkingly grabbing your son’s favorite cereal in the grocery store a week into his college freshman year? You slowly put it back on the shelf.
It happened to me today. Again. A sign on the beach I frequent often, one I had never noticed before.
A simple board with words reminding me that I am here, standing 428 feet from the Atlantic Ocean and my 21-year-old is snug as a bug 30 minutes from the Pacific Ocean, almost 3,000 miles away.
I stared at the sign.
I teared up.
I wiped my eyes with my shirt.
That ever-so familiar TWINGE that…
…sparks gratitude for this mom journey I love.
…moves me THROUGH the hard of missing all the good that once was
…takes me TO the good that still lies ahead, waiting for me to enjoy it.
It won’t be long until I feel that TWINGE again.
It will hit me when I least expect it.
But I secretly don’t mind it at all.