Thursday, December 7, 2017

12/7/17

The Short Night
This week we hit a milestone. My grandson turned 18. Nothing much changes quite yet but it is still huge for me. It means I am no longer his legal guardian. I can now go back to being just a grandmother.  I can leave if I want to. I can move. Of course I won't until he graduates. But still. I am leaving for a month in January. That will be good for him. He needs to learn to live without me always being there and doing everything for him.

Yesterday we went to the bank and set him up with his own accounts. That was pretty huge. I will no longer have to be responsible for his money.

I will continue to keep him on my cell phone account and if he needs any financial help I can help a little. In other words, I am not just throwing him to the wind. I will have his back until he no longer needs my help.

I am looking forward to being out in Arizona for the entire month of January. It will make the winter not seem so relentless. I am going to see an old friend who is coming to visit me there. She retired many years ago to Colorado and we haven't seen each other in a very long time. I am looking forward to that!

Also, my aunt from CA and my cousin are coming out to see me as well. I expect to do some artwork, and continue setting up my studio out there.

It will be really nice to have that time all to myself. When you have a spouse and you are raising children or a grandchild, there isn't much time alone. As an artist I crave it. I have to steal the time to paint in between grocery shopping, meal prep, etc. I am always cooking but I don't always enjoy it. I would much rather be in my studio painting.

3 comments:

Maureen Neville said...

All sounds good. Much deserved time away in AZ with a few visitors as well. You have given so much these past years, above and beyond grandmother. Happy for you with the way things are unfolding.

Robbie said...

Congrats to your grandson (& you!)....January will be so nice and well deserved for you! And you are right...it will give your grandson some time without you being his go to person. I'm sure he'll do well...

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

You know that I know exactly how you feel. A month away with time for yourself and to recharge is exactly what you need. AND visiting with an old friend and family too!

I love this painting. It has an oriental feel.
xx, Carol