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Little departure, big arrival

“I love you!” I shouted to my younger brother as he walked toward the airport a couple of hours ago. “Thanks for being such a great uncle!”

He smiled awkwardly and waved once more before disappearing into the airport. I teared up as I pulled away, wishing I could have him closer a little while longer. Three days wasn’t enough.

And yet, three days were huge. For three days, Big D’s presence made home feel a little closer to and post partum depression feel a little further from me. For three days, my older son, Li’l D, basked in his uncle’s attention, which he relished after five weeks as a big brother–greatly missing his parents’ undivided attention–and two weeks adjusting to a new school.

The Ds read together

The Ds read together

Love for Littler J, too

Love for Littler J, too

My teary eyes as I drove home alone were a good thing: antithesis to numbness. Each tear marked a little shoot of hope. So, too, did the morning arrival of my mom’s sixth grandchild.

November bumps now babies

November bumps now babies

While Big D is no longer here, it’s because he is going back to lend his love and patience elsewhere it is needed.

It’s hard to say goodbye, but it’s easier knowing it’s also hello.

  1. May 12, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    This is a really good post 🙂

  2. directorb
    May 12, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Great post!

  3. May 12, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Awwww, I love this!

  4. May 12, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Uncles, aunts, cousins and uncles, again! There’s the fun. So cool he spent time with you all.

    • May 12, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      I resisted A’s suggestion at first, but he’s right–what seemed at first it might take a little energy (seeing anyone who doesn’t live in my house) gave a bunch instead. Soon I shall begin to seek out my friends here. I think!

  5. May 12, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Oh, siblings are the best. Hope he can come back soon. I’m excited for my sister to visit next week 🙂

    • May 12, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Siblings rule! There were a few childhood moments I might have said otherwise, but even then, mostly I knew I was lucky. I hope my boys feel the same someday, and I’m so glad your sister is visiting!

  6. maurnas
    May 12, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I cry every time i say goodbye to my sister. I miss her so much! I feel your pain.

    • May 12, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      It is so good to know a sister of love will be visiting in the next month or two. That eases my heart a bit, as does seeing new baby pics . . . and remembering Li’l D’s joy in Big D’s company. Sad and full of gratitude all at once!

  7. May 12, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    So glad you’re moving in a happier direction, and that family could help get you there. Still thinking of you, mama!

    • May 14, 2014 at 8:43 am

      Though I didn’t get a chance to say as much while he was here, your kindness was–is–healing. More on that soon. ♥

  8. May 13, 2014 at 4:59 am

    I’m so glad you got to spend time with your brother. I’ll bet Lil’ D loved the extra attention and it was probably especially nice to have him there over Mother’s Day. (a happy belated Mother’s Day to you!) 🙂

    • May 14, 2014 at 8:45 am

      Li’l D loved it! We didn’t do anything for Mother’s Day, but I did get to witness one fun exchange as a result of it:

      Big D: You should wish your mother Happy Mother’s Day!
      Li’l D: Why?
      Big D: Because . . . it’s Mother’s Day.
      Li’l D: No.

      That was as close as we got to celebrating, but it was a grand day nevertheless, as I hope was yours!

      • May 14, 2014 at 8:52 am

        Oh, that Li’l D!! He’s at that silly age! I’m glad your day was lovely. Mine was wonderful, too! My daughters and stepson spoiled me sufficiently with their love and attention. My youngest and I went swimming in honor of my mom. I always think of you on Mother’s Day and I’m glad your day was nice! 🙂 ❤

        • May 14, 2014 at 9:14 am

          Aw, I’m glad yours was awesome! I think of you, too, on Mother’s Day and often when I think of my mom, too. Always there’s a smile.

          And speaking of smiles? Big D sent me a few videos last night, but I didn’t get around to watching them until now. He had my sister and BIL greeting me from the hospital. Sniffle. I am so grateful for my family.

          • May 14, 2014 at 9:19 am

            Aww, that’s wonderful!! You are so fortunate to have your siblings and all of their little ones! We are both blessed to be loved by the families that we have. Our mother’s are definitely celebrating that! 🙂

  9. May 14, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I too, love this post. And I can’t get over Li’l D’s haircut! (but I’ve been keeping it in). So sweet.

    • May 15, 2014 at 7:49 am

      A went for a mohawk, but Li’l D couldn’t quite get behind it. Then A went for a slightly longer cut, but Li’l D couldn’t quite stay still . . . so this is what he got. 😀

  10. June 17, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    You would think I was standing there as my tears just got a little wet, and this I can’t blame on my allergies. 🙂

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