Goodbye, For Now, Nana
My Mom is Moving Back to New Jersey
It’s always hard to see a family member move away. As many of you know, my mother has been living with us for about four months now. Justin drove to New Jersey to pick her up when the pandemic was picking up speed. But now, she has to make the trip back to her life in NJ. So, when she left, it was a hard day for everyone.
A Goodbye Fit For A Queen
Before she started her drive North, the kids made sure that she was sent off entertained. Both Ava and Alexis prepared songs for her -Jersey acting as back up dancer, of course. Then, each of them made a card for Nana to enjoy on the trip home. They used these Sunnyglade tri-fold art kits that we got from Amazon. The send-off was full of love and laughter, but we just wish it wasn’t so scary to let her go back North.
Why This is So Hard
For the last four months, my mom has been a source of constant help and encouragement through all of this insanity. Having small kids stuck inside in a pandemic is more difficult than we care to discuss. My Mom was right there, by our side, playing with Jersey, helping me cook meals, and helping Justin and me with some of the tough decisions. We know that she is still only a phone call away, but shes’ no longer a room away.
Having our mothers present to help us is usually something we fight against. We want to feel independent and feel like we know what we are doing. We have to be able to trust our own abilities and judgment when it comes to parenting. But when an opportunity like this comes up and your mother can come to share her wisdom and add an extra pair of hands to the insanity, we can (hopefully) be encouraged and affirmed that we raising beautifully bright children and she just gets to enjoy her Nana role.
We can just hope that once she gets settled in a home, Mom continues to stay safe and inspire neighborhoods of people to power walk with her.
What Do You Think?
Has your mom ever stayed for an extended visit? What was your experience? We want to hear from you! Leave us a comment below or reach out on any of our social media: Facebook, Our New Instagram, and YouTube. Also, if you want to see the full goodbye video to Nana, you can watch it here. If you have the opportunity, take time to social distance hug the most influential women in your parenting journey, and show them how grateful you are.