Going to California

My daughter leaves tomorrow at 5 am. Driving to California. I am sad beyond anything I expected. This letting go stuff doesn’t seem to get much easier.

I am just finishing up a mixed CD for her road trip and her next adventure in life. And other than that, I am just going to agree to be in this moment, in the sadness of this ending. I am going to practice not fighting the emotions but letting them run through me as they need to, without denial, but also with the absolute knowledge that feelings come and go, emotions rise and fall, and as I said to H. yesterday, “The hard times will come, but then the good times will come again and you’ll get up on your feet and the hard times will come again–like waves in the ocean.” It helps to know that we won’t likely be in any one place too long. Always. Always. There is a time for joy and a time for sorrow; for mourning and for dancing. I don’t think I’d have it any other way because even dancing can wear a person out.

Going to California Playlist

Chris’s California Trip                        Michael Brook

Going to California                                    Led Zeppelin

Wide Open Spaces                                    Dixie Chicks

Ramble On                                                Led Zeppelin

Goin Down The Road Feeling Bad            Grateful Dead

You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome             Bob Dylan

On And On And On                                    Jack White

Omaha                                                Counting Crows

Coming Into Los Angeles                        Arlo Guthrie

Intro                                                            Jackie Greene

Hollywood                                                Jackie Greene

The Bare Necessities                                    Bruce Reitherman (The Jungle Book)

La Vie Boheme                                    Rent Cast

Tiny Dancer                                                Elton John

Freedom At 21                                    Jack White

Can’t always get what you want            Rolling Stones

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough            Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Oh! Sweet Nuthin’                                    The Velvet Underground

Sunporch Cha-Cha-Cha                        Dave Grusin            (THE GRADUATE )

Los Angeles At Night                                    Michael Brook

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My adventurous, world-travling daughter

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1 comment
  1. Sarah said:

    I really don’t look forward to these days of children leaving home…but they’re coming soon. Bless you as you lean into the sadness and look ahead to the joy.

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