Flying to London tonight

  1. Well my eldest son has been in the air for two hours now with his mission team. Left at 9 p.m. on 6/29, first stop after 17 hours is London. 9 hour layover so they hope to see some little part of the surrounding area. Then off to Africa.

    I'm hopeful this is a lifechanging experience for him and his compadres. Working in an orphanage in Mozambique will be eye opening, I'm sure. I also pray for safety.

    Anyone else toss their kids to the wind like this? He is 21 afterall but still my son. That never changes, does it?

    steph
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    I think all parents at one time or another toss their kids to the wind and it isn't easy. Just part of the circle of life.

    However, a mission in Mozambique is a bit unique. Hugs.
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    Tweety . . thank you. Can't sleep. I keep imagining what he is doing. Most likely he is asleep.

    In a way I'm a bit jealous too.

    steph
  5. by   Tweety
    Quote from stevielynn
    Tweety . . thank you. Can't sleep. I keep imagining what he is doing. Most likely he is asleep.

    In a way I'm a bit jealous too.

    steph
    He's probably missing you guys and thinking of you too. Though of course it would uncool to admit it.

    I remember when mom and dad dropped me off at college for the first time when I was 18. I couldn't wait to be independent but when we were saying goodbye I was a little scared thinking "your actually leaving me! Gasp!". We get so caught up in the act when we're finally on our own it's a bit of a shock.
  6. by   Energizer Bunny
    (((((((((Steph)))))))))) I'll say a prayer for their safe travel and time there. How long is he gone for?
  7. by   jnette
    Yes, Steph, I do believe this will be a lifechanging experience for him. And KUDOS to both him AND you as parents for his adventure into the world of OTHERS. The only thing he is truly leaving behind is is old self, for a new one is sure to emerge from this eye opening experience. He's about to find out it really ISN'T "all about me". !!!

    I, too, will keep your dear son in my thoughts and prayers... and you as well, dearest Steph, for I know the trepidation you must be feeling and the empty place in your heart... even though it is mixed with joy, pride, and just that little pinch of envy !

    Yes, I tossed both my fledgelings to the wind like that, although not for such a worthy cause as your son's.

    Both of mine went off to Europe right after H.S. to work and enjoy the travel opportunities this employment afforded them. It certainly broadens their perpsective to get out of their own back yard awhile. I have never regretted it, and my kids loved it... their wanderlust has just only blossomed.

    Adam goes off to Navy bootcamp in a month, and this time, I will be feeling just a bit different about his being gone.

    Warmest (((HUGS)), Steph. Your manchild will be added to my prayer list.
  8. by   traumaRUs
    My sons are also adults - Todd (almost 24) bought a house about nine miles from us and Toby (19) lives at home. Love my boys so very much. Neither of them really want to move too far away. They grew up while hubby was in the Air Force and have moved many, many times. They are definitely homebodies for now...but things change. However, a mission in Africa - wow - what an opportunity.
  9. by   karenG
    flying here!! I hope he packed his rain coat... its raining!! this is such a hard thing for you to do... I remember leaving home without a backward glance, my poor mum! he will come back all grown up.. so brave of both of you!

    Karen
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from karenG
    flying here!! I hope he packed his rain coat... its raining!! this is such a hard thing for you to do... I remember leaving home without a backward glance, my poor mum! he will come back all grown up.. so brave of both of you!

    Karen
    Karen . . he should be touching down soon. It is almost noon here and I wrote the OP last night. Long time to be on a plane. He packed light but does have a thick flannel jacket. I don't know if they will be able to sightsee . . he said someone having to do with transportation is on strike.

    Thanks for all your good wishes folks. Jnette . . your kids got a great opportunity. Helps them see the whole big world.

    steph
  11. by   karenG
    Quote from stevielynn
    Karen . . he should be touching down soon. It is almost noon here and I wrote the OP last night. Long time to be on a plane. He packed light but does have a thick flannel jacket. I don't know if they will be able to sightsee . . he said someone having to do with transportation is on strike.

    Thanks for all your good wishes folks. Jnette . . your kids got a great opportunity. Helps them see the whole big world.

    steph
    hi steph..............yep the tube network is on strike!! so nothing is moving in London!! think its grid lock though I am too far out to be affected- I live 17 miles from central london. He only has a short time here but may be able to get into central london for a few hours.. its stopped raining and is quite a nice evening! Hope he manages to see something other than Heathrow!

    Karen
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    wow wow wow Steph!!!! This will be something else!n I hope he really finds this a good experience. (((steph)))
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    wow wow wow Steph!!!! This will be something else!n I hope he really finds this a good experience. (((steph)))
    I told him to keep a daily journal because he will forget some experiences. He also bought a camera and I loaded him down with film and disposable cameras too, just in case. He has a laptop with a slideshow feature and when he came home from college this summer we got to see what he had been up to.

    So, it is 1:37 p.m. now. He is most likely off the plane and hopefully heading into, as Karen mentioned, central London. The world is a small place . . been chatting with Karen on this BB, who lives on a different continent and now my son is there too. Soon he will be in Mozambique. (no I'm not humming "It's a Small World Afterall He will have no phone or internet access so I'll just have to wait.

    My toddler just fell asleep . . think I'll join him.

    steph
  14. by   SmilingBluEyes
    are you crying yet steph???

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