Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Embracing Change

Well, I spent the better part of the day embracing some of the changes in my life.

Small changes like getting used to my very first ereader.  It's a lovely little Kindle I named Zoe that a fairy godmother left on my doorstep (with the aid of a nice man in brown).  She's lovely.  (Both Zoe and the fairy godmother.)

And large changes like booking the flights to move my daughter to Michigan next month.  She recently lost her job and in this dinky place, the employment prospects are grim.  So, she's moving back to Michigan where she'll be staying with my sister and her family until she finds work and gets a place of her own.  Off to the land of corn flakes and cocoa krispies*.

Small or large, change is scary.  Since I got used to the Kid's Nook, the smaller Kindle is a little daunting.  Trying to figure everything out.  Getting used to the keys instead of the touchscreen.  But this is so much better than reading my Kindle books over here on the computer.  And since I've been with the Kid for 19 years now - minus the stint at college, where even then we talked every day - I'm a little nervy about it.  My sister said something about 'empty nest syndrome' and even though she was referring to something else, she hit the nail on the head.  Being kid-free for the first time in almost twenty years (over twenty if you count the 9 months she was in ma belly) scares the bejeezus out of me.

But I'll get over it.  This will be different, but it will be good.  She'll get out in the world, hang out with her cousin, experience the awesomeness that is my sister, and spread her wings.  I have no doubt she'll fly fine**.

What changes have you faced and embraced (whether you were willing to or not)?

*Battle Creek for those not in the know about such things.
** Okay, so there's a little doubt, but I'm a worrier.  In my heart, I know she can do this.


  1. Wow. Yeah, big changes in your life on many levels. As for the Kid, it's not like she's flying without a safety net. What's really scary is when they take off and there isn't one. She'll do fine. I hope the unemployment rate isn't too high up there and she finds a place ASAP. There's always phone calls, texts, and email. Plus Skype!

    Zoe, huh? I like it. ;-)

    Hang in there. Things will work out.

  2. Big changes, B.E. - hang in there!! I've got my fingers crossed for the Kid getting a job when she gets to her destination. And I think it's fabulous she'll be staying with your sister - much better than being on her own. Definitely get set up on Skype, as Silver suggested.

    Love the name of your e-reader :)

  3. Yeah, Silver, but I knew some of this was coming. Not the unemployment thing for the Kid, but still. It's Michigan, so there are a lot of people looking for jobs. But it's Michigan, so a lot of the people looking for jobs are expecting to get paid union wages and won't take a job for less. I think she'll be fine. Glad you like Zoe for the Kindle. =o)

    Thanks, Liz. :hugs:

    I'm hanging, Janet. Friends like you and awesome family make all the difference. I don't know about the Skype thing, but there's always the phone. And FB chat. And email.

  4. I admire your willingness to embrace change
    and advocate for embracing your Kindle :-)

    Hang in there!

  5. Yikes. To be honest, the whole post stressed me out (well, except for the Kindle part, because I love my Kindle and I know you will too).

    I'm sorry the kidlet is moving out. You and my mum should have a chat about all of that empty nester thing lol. Even though I moved across the whole continent at 22, somehow your daughter just feels so young! I guess it's because she is young, lol!

    Good luck to both of you! I can't imagine this is going to be easy, but we're here for you! xoxo

  6. I think you'll both do awesome and grow in new and exciting ways. The unknown is exciting - like a new novel spread out before you, right??