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Motherhood Evolves, but Never Ends

𝐌𝐨𝐭𝐑𝐞𝐫𝐒𝐧𝐠 𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐩𝐬. 𝐈𝐭 𝐬𝐒𝐦𝐩π₯𝐲 𝐞𝐯𝐨π₯𝐯𝐞𝐬. 

When our away-from-home young adults (college kids and older) get sick, it presents a new challenge for both them and us. 

We worry because we’re not with them and don’t know if they’re too weak to get up and refill their water bottle. We don’t know if their symptoms warrant a doctor’s visit, or if they’re caring for themselves like we always cared for them. We just want to be with them, to help, to facilitate healing. 

Often they wish they could be cared for, too. It’s not fun or easy to navigate caring for yourself when you’re feeling crummy. 

So we help in whatever way we can. Maybe we stop in with supplements, medicine soup or popsicles. Perhaps we order necessities and have them delivered. We probably answer lots of questions over text or phone, and serve as a comforting presence for as long as they need us. In some cases, we might drive to their place at college and bring them home for a few days.Β 

Our older kids are learning through all this, too. And while this may be part of the whole letting go thing, no child is ever too old for Mom to bring some chicken soup and her loving, healing company. 

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