04 Mar Slice of Life: I Still Need Four #SOL18 #TWTBlog
“It’s ok. You’ll only need three.”
I immediately start crying and my sixteen-year-old son knows he is in over his head.
I know he is trying to be helpful, thoughtful even. I know he understands the meaning of that plate to me. It was my mom’s. I always use them at Easter. It is now broken. In so many ways, it cannot be replaced.
Seems logical for him to point out that next year we will be a family of three with my other son off to college – I will only need three.
“I’ll clean it up.”
He heads to get the broom –anything to get out of the situation he now realizes he has created.
He returns and begins to sweep.
“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to upset you.”
“I know. It’s ok.”
“But he is leaving.”
I look up and realize I am not the only one who is thinking about this impending change in our family. I am so focused on how his words impacted me that I did not stop to think about how these words rolled off his tongue so quickly. It is a change in our family – a change for all of us.
What will it mean to be a family of three?
How will traditions change?
How will we stay connected?
How will our relationships evolve?
What will this next stage of our lives be?
Do I need four plates?
Later that evening he found me in my office. He showed me a replacement he ordered from a vintage website. It will arrive in a week. I think we both know that life is changing, but we still need four plates.
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