Monday, January 25, 2016

Going Abroad

 

 

Last week we put our boy on a train bound for New York City, where he got on an airplane for Istanbul and then another for Italy. He will spend this semester learning Italian, traveling to Pompeii and Venice and Rome and Barcelona, studying beautiful ruins and temples and domes and naves and buttresses, walking in the footsteps of Pliny and Michelangelo. Eating gelato, discovering wine and olives, watching the volcanoes from his terrace by the sea. I watch the moon, thinking of it hanging low in the trees over Capri, glittering on the bay. I knit. Here in my kitchen in the country, looking out at the snowy orchards and fields, I make things; turn wool into a hat, cotton into quilt squares. It is deeply, vividly, crashingly quiet.

21 comments:

  1. what a wonderful adventure your son will have! Knit on!

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  2. Its hard letting them go but what a wonderful adventure. Keep on knitting. Take care.

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  3. What a great life experience for him, and Italy I would love to go to Italy - one day maybe. Keep knitting it's good for health and mindxx

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  4. Kristen, I predict an Italian holiday in your future.

    Meanwhile, best wishes to your son (and to his parents, of course.) xo

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  5. A trip should be booked so that you and your husband can visit your son in Italy. : )

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  6. Your son is flying in more ways than one :)
    Sara

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  7. This is poetic. The lot of the mother: at home, possibly knitting and probably thinking. What a great experience for your son.

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  8. I,m living the same emotions, my daughters trying to find their way far from me, far from home...and I'm here thinking about them and making things all day long not to suffer the empty house. On the other hand I'm happy and proud of them and of my freedom.

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  9. Yes. I've been in that spot. I am still in that spot. Our son moved to Japan eight years ago when he completed his masters degree at the age of 19. We haven't seen him in 2 1/2 years but we're, oh, so thankful for FaceTime. We "talk" on it 2-3 times a week and it eases the ache just a bit. Praying for you.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  10. Don't forget, he will be looking at the same moon as you. Jo x

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  11. Kristen- there is nothing louder than a lonely mama heart- she is impossible to soothe- and focus is an absurd expectation and effort of talking oneself down again and again is comical- a farce really - but a task born by every mother I know- which is a small comfort- as is the knitting- my pile of product is in true ratio to my missing my boy- I suspect yours will be too
    laura

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  12. Aaaaaw alll the best, Kristen! My 11 yr-old is just off to school for 3 days tomorrow, and already I'm a bit forlorn.

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  13. Beautifully written. I am going through the same thing and wrote about it the other day too...
    xoxoxo

    http://pageafterpage-kim.blogspot.com/2016/01/shift.html

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  14. Bless your heart, it is hard enough when they are away, but that far away is a whole new thing to deal with. He will have the time of his life!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  15. While it was so hard letting my daughter go to Uni in The UK I knew it was also an opportunity for me to travel with her. It was the best thing for her and me! The experience for her and I know for your son will be treasured and talked about for years to come!

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  16. Oh my! Wonderful opportunity for your son. Mine came back from Australia a changed man. It's a good thing even though you miss them like crazy.

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  17. What a wonderful way to spend the semester! Hope he has a fabulous time.

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  18. "His journey shall be long but he shall travel light. He'll travel from the morning through the day until the night. And when the day is over and for his home he yearns, the memory of your waiting will hasten his return...." xxx

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  19. You are all so lovely. Thank you for your sweet, supportive words and thoughts. He's having a wonderful time so far! xoxoxo

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  20. My eldest will be doing something very similar mid year, during her semester break - a summer school. Although she is studying Latin, not Italian, for now - as well as History, Theology etc

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