Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Move Wrap Up

The drive to Cleveland, OH went off without a hitch. We arrived there in the early afternoon on Monday, after having driven nearly 800 miles on Sunday from Oklahoma City to somewhere east of Indianapolis. I have made it safely back to California after having caught the rapid transit near Tyler's new place and catching a flight from Cleveland at 6:30 this morning.

The only real snafu was trying to retrieve his stuff from the UHaul trailer. Things had shifted in the trailer and blocked the sliding door. They sent out a contracted service guy who tried for over 2 hours to no avail. We drove the trailer to the UHaul center the following morning, Tuesday, to see what they could do. They were clueless as what to do. A good samaritan happened by and took charge of the situation. He was able to wiggle his way into the small opening and move things around and bang around a little on the tracks and got the door to move up and down.

Yesterday my parents drove up from my their home about an hour south of Cleveland and spent part of the day with Tyler, before he had to go to work, and then we hung out most of the rest of the day.

I was able to get a 5 mile run in on Tuesday around the neighborhood. My planned 4 miler on Wednesday was postponed to spend more time with my parents. Leaving Cleveland so early this morning got me back home around noon. I took advantage of the afternoon sunlight and warmth and ran the Bonelli Sunday Morning Loop. I haven't run that loop in a long time.

The run was a slow run over the hilly course. It is especially tough to run as I was sobbing like a baby. I miss my son.

The 4 days driving and the finality of the move were physically and emotionally draining. Leaving Tyler there was much, much, much harder than I ever expected it to be. He is staying with his godmother for a few more days until he gets stuff settled into his place but after that he'll be there alone for a while. His girlfriend will eventually join him there.

Tyler - Good Luck, Have Fun and Work Hard. Call if you need ANYTHING! We are proud of you and love you!


Backofpack said...

I know - you are excited for them, and supportive and proud and all is good...right up till the minute you have to say good-bye and realize that a season of your life has ended. The babies are all grown up and out on their own. It's good, but oh, is it hard! Our oldest has been in TN for eight months now. We're working on a trip home sometime between now and March. At least when he was in Oregon we could get down to see him now and then!

Anyway Darrell, you've done good. In leaving, he has shown you that you have reached your goal of raising a competent, confident young man with solid values. Way to go!

Wes said...

There is great pride in seeing your son set out on his own, ready, willing, and able to face the world. Big congrats are in order there.

and really... this is hardly the way to prepare me for my own son's imminent departure to university ;-) I want to hear about how you've been partying it up :-D ROFL...

(p.s. loved this post)

Anne said...

It's hard sometimes to watch our kids grow up and out of the area. It sounds like you left him in good hands, and he's always just a plane ride home.

Joe said...

Glad the trip went well, two built HUGE memories in those days together. Right down to the hassle of the U Haul door!

A big step...and a necessary step. Remember when you and a certain cute young lady loaded up and headed for California, leaving Ohio in the rearview mirror. Perhaps, this is a completion of the circuit.

Many prayers for Tyler's launch. And for you two!!

Annette said...

What a trip! I could just imagine some guy squeezing in the back of a U-haul! Wow! :)

Sorry the transition has been tough. Looks like your son is making you proud. That's awesome. You did a good job with him. He'll do great! (And time with him visiting will be so special!) :)

Sarah said...

Good luck to Tyler. You have every reason to be a proud papa!