Yesterday was tough. So many feelings: Sad, gut-wrenching sobs, no sleep, hundreds of clingy hugs, sweet reassurances and tender, loving words from Federico; his friends in and out of the house at all hours the past three days to say more tearful good-byes, and finally the ride to the airport.
Federico checked in with more than twice what he arrived with. He had two huge pieces of luggage, both overweight, a packed-full carry-on and heavy backpack. His bags weighed in at 54.5 and 58.5 pounds. The girl at United, didn't flinch, and heaved them on to the conveyer. I guess it pays to be attractive. (I have had to remove items at 52 lbs.)
We watched him go through security, and finally watched the plane take off from the end of the runway in Palm Springs. He texted us from LAX as we were pulling into our driveway!
This morning, I am off to work, with swollen-shut eyes, but a feeling of peace, that he will be in the loving arms of his family in Rome by 9:30 this morning, our time. He will skype that he is safe in Italy, and I will run out of a staff meeting with my i-Pad to hear his voice.
Thank you to all of you wonderful friends and readers who "get it". Thanks for your support, emails, comments and hugs.
I will write more about our journey as parents during this incredible year!