Ten years ago we took Son Brian to Columbia shortly before he started his freshman year at the University of Missouri. While he was in school he came home for holidays, but each summer he stayed in Columbia and worked. (The first year was for the university. The other summers he had an internship in his major field with a company in town.)
A year into his classes he introduced us to Nicole, who became a constant in his life. In due time Brian graduated. The next semester we were back to see Nicole receive her degree. After that they got engaged, bought a house, and got married. Even though they were 100 miles away, we still saw them on a fairly regular basis. At the beginning of this month we found out Nicole had accepted a new job. Next Saturday they're moving from Missouri to the San Francisco Bay Area of California.
This weekend Hubby Tony, Son Donald, and I made one last trip to Columbia for a going away get together. We arrived on Friday night in time for dinner, then spent the night at their house. The party started at noon on Saturday. It was good to see all the family and friends that gathered to wish them well, but also bittersweet, knowing it might be a long time before we all got together again.
(On the other hand, that area of the country is a great place to visit!)
Five years ago today: It's Here!