Two Tuesdays ago, we took off and spent the day in Greensboro. Why because we wanted to spend one last day with Maddie and Lex before their cross-country journey to California. We enjoyed time playing pool, shopping, karaoke, and tacos. If you haven’t been to Round 1 and there is one near you go and go now. I was surprised with how many things there were to do there.
We spent most of our Tuesday there. I love that not only do they have arcade games, but games for adults as well. I mean come on arcade games, bowling, Karaoke, pool and ping pong. Plus food and beverages ( kid friendly and adult). My middle daughter found this place back in the spring, and she wanted to show her little sister this cool place.
After we left Round 1, we went to an authentic Mexican taco joint, for tacos and pan. We all got full on tacos de carne asada but did pick the pan ( Mexican sweet bread) up for breakfast the next morning.
THE NEXT MORNING….. It was probably one of the hardest mornings of my life. As we loaded the U-Haul, I was a ball of mixed emotions. I was watching my girl, the one who made me a mom first, pack up all of her belongings into the back of the Uhaul to head out west to California. We live in North Carolina and to say that California is far away it is. To be exact California is 2.246 miles away from our house to her house.
As I watched her and Lex drive off in the Uhaul, with their car hitched up to it, I started bawling like a baby. I was so excited that she was pursuing her dream of graduate school but also so sad because she won’t be a short drive away anymore. No more day trips to see her, no more meeting halfway for dinner, no more visits home on long weekends. I knew I was going to miss her face a lot!!!!!
Maddie has always been an old soul. More mature than most kids her age and willing to say no when she feels uncomfortable. And I know that this journey that she is on, she is going to do fine, but I still worry. What happens if she gets sick or what if something happened on their journey?
I am happy to say that they got to Calfornia safely. Instead of constant texting asking where she was at, I just looked her up on the Find Friends App for iPhone. That app is amazing. And of course, each night, she called us when they got to the hotel to let us know how each day of their journey was.
Although it was a long drive, they left Wednesday around noon and arrived in at their destination at 2:11 Eastern Time on Saturday by Sunday afternoon, they had already organized and unpacked their whole house. My husband has a cousin that lives near where she moved, so I was glad that his family came to help them unpack. They even had them over for dinner and a movie afterward. It is so important to know that family is near.
The next few weeks will be filled with exploring their new city until her fellowship starts in July. But I can’t begin to say how incredibly proud of them for taking the leap and journeying clear across the country to follow their dreams.