lonely

With my daughter’s pending departure for college, I have been preoccupied with getting her ready for this new chapter in her life.  Besides the expected shopping excursions to outfit her and a dorm room, there have been many trips to see family and friends, and recently, hosting a ‘going-away’ party celebration.  This has been a time of reflection, too.  Looking at a young woman who is following her passion for knowledge in pursuit of a degree in Paleontology while remembering those times years ago when you read her bedtime stories or kissed a ‘boo-boo’ to ease the pain of a minor scrape.  As a parent, you might find yourself dissecting the path your child has taken to determine the extent of your influence.  The countless strolls through the Natural History Museum, the vacation to Nova Scotia where we collected fossils straight from the eroding shoreline or the games of “Guess a Million Dinosaurs” that quickly became one-sided affairs.  Of course my wife and I are very proud, but we are also weary of how lonely our house will be without an inspiring, young Paleontologist under its roof.

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  1. He’s back! Lovely to see you. 😉

    That really does sound like a rough time, but it is clear you are very proud of your young Paleontologist. And what an exciting profession! The lonely, slightly worn pillow is a wonderful illustration of the topic.

  2. I’ve missed your posts, but this is a beauty. That pillow *feels* lonely and a little sad. I admire what you convey with your soft, straightforward (and lovely) style.

  3. What a beautiful, evocative drawing, especially in light of the impending departure. Sounds like you both have done a marvelous job raising her. Let the adventure begin (btw, as sad as it is, the empty nest can be really fun, too ;))

  4. I certainly understand all of THAT. This beautiful drawing really captures the feeling of it. Best of luck, as you launch your daughter!

  5. Each of your drawings and posts speaks to the eye, the mind and the heart.

  6. So touching, and a really lovely sketch. I completely empathize…even though my kids have both graduated from college, I get sad just seeing the displays of all of the dorm furnishings at the store! (But we love our empty nest, too!)


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