The bittersweet taste of August

My son Scott, strumming sweet melodies of which I will miss…but most of all, I will miss him.

Vintage college boys frollicking on campus

School is back in session and I’m ready. Ready for mornings of quiet and time to think. Ready for 6 hours a day when I can (hopefully) get things done, resume going to the gym and start the much needed task of organizing the house.

My first born starts his 3rd year of college here in Chicago, and I am amazed at how quickly my two oldest sons are turning into full fledged adults. They are men now, and they don’t answer to me all that much, (only when it really matters) as they work toward their futures. They are good guys, they behave themselves and I am very proud of what they’ve become.

My daughter is wonderful, sweet, edgy, and very determined. She is a solid gal, and won’t let anyone make her do something she doesn’t want to do. I’m very proud of her. She loves her momma, too. She is beginning her junior year in high school. She has plans on going to my alma mater, Columbia College in downtown Chicago. Mom’s proud as a peacock! Will see what senior year brings, but it’s nice to know your kid wants to go to your college…it’s kind of like she wants to wear your wedding dress….it’s flattering.

I hope you all have wonderful back to school moments with your kids….and enjoy your ME time. Cut out a little corner of time each day just for you while they’re away. It will make you feel content and happy. Let me know how it goes.

On Thursday I send my second born off to college and I am so sad about that. Scott is my peacemaker, my sweetest son and my biggest helper. I will miss him so much. I will miss the sound of his guitar as he plays it in his room-just about a month ago, I heard him strumming a really pretty melody and it drifted through my bathroom wall. I got teary thinking soon I won’t be hearing those beautiful songs in the morning for very much longer because he will be away at NIU. It was a really sad moment for me. Fortunately, his college is only a little over an hour away, so he can come home more frequently should he get home sick (which I think he will.) The school is close enough that, should mom get homesick for him, I can jump in the car and visit.
The song that’s playing now is the one I think of when I see my two boys growing older into men. Although this song was written by Mariah probably to her boyfriend, it can easily be a mother’s anthem to her sons-especially when they move out or head for college. We’ll always be a part of them….indefinately. Read the lyrics…they really do hit home.
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We were as one, babe
for a moment in time.
And it seemed everlastiing,
that you would always be mine.
Now you want to be free,
so I’ll let you fly,
’cause I know in my heart, babe,
our love will never die.
You’ll always be a part of me.
I’m part of you indefinitely.
Boy, don’t you know you can’t escape me.
Ooh darling, cause you’ll always be my baby.
And we’ll linger on.
Time can’t erase a feeling strong.
No way you’re ever gonna shake me.
Ooh darling, ’cause you’ll always be my baby.
I ain’t gonna cry, no,
and I won’t beg you to stay.
I you’re determined to leave boy,
I will not stand in your way.
But inevitably
you’ll be back again,
’cause you know in your heart, babe,
our love will never end.
You’ll always be a part of me.
I’m part of you indefinitely.
Boy, don’t you know you can’t escape me.
Ooh darling, cause you’ll always be my baby.
And we’ll linger on.
Time can’t erase a feeling strong.
No way you’re ever gonna shake me.
Ooh darling, ’cause you’ll always be my baby.
I know that you’ll be back, boy,
when your days and your nights get a little bit colder.
I know that you’ll be right back, baby.
Baby, believe me, it’s only a matter of time, time.
You’ll always be a part of me.
I’m part of you indefinitely.
Boy, don’t you know you can’t escape me.
Ooh darling, cause you’ll always be my baby.
And we’ll linger on.
Time can’t erase a feeling strong.
No way you’re ever gonna shake me.
Oh darling, ’cause you’ll always be my baby.
You’ll always be a part of me.
I’m part of you indefinitely.
Boy, don’t you know you can’t escape me.
Ooh darling, cause you’ll always be my baby.
And we’ll linger on.
Time can’t erase a feeling strong.
No way you’re ever gonna shake me.
Oh darling, ’cause you’ll always be my baby.
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One thought on “The bittersweet taste of August

  1. Yeah, THAT'S right, Em! Make Kai cry first thing in the morning! I have clients coming in & out all day & when they ask, "Kai, what's WRONG? Your eyes are all red!" I will say, "Emily Franz, a guitar, and children." LOL! BEAUTIFUL, POIGNANT POST! It tells me a lot of things about you, my friend, but most especially that you mothered your children well! That's a wonderful accomplishment!

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