Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Leaving on a jet plane

My notatallababyanymoresuddenlyhe's11 year old is at the airport as we speak, checking in for his flight to the US. It's his first time flying alone (Jay got permission to stay with him until he's at the gate, then the airline will escort him to NY, through customs, etc. there, then on to the NY-Boston shuttle until my parents meet him in Boston), he's practically vibrating he's so excited. On the agenda are one-on-one time with the grandparents, a week at sleepaway camp, and all sorts of other adventures before Maya and I join him later this month.

Gee, do you think he's happy about the idea? It's kind of hard to tell ;)...Seriously, he is SO ready for this, and his utter joy at getting to do it does a mama's heart good, even if we're going to miss him like crazy.




25 comments:

Dina said...

Having just finished some one-on-one time with my 8 year old grandson, I am glad your parents will have this special time, Robin. But wow, you are a brave mama.

Nisia tova, young man!

Leora said...

I'm thinking it will be a great experience for him, as he is so upbeat about it! Hard for the mom. My daughter (age 10) is away for the longest she has ever been. And probably having a blast, too (travel camp, this week at Niagara Falls).

Art of RetroCollage said...

Great for him, certainly. But I also understand your feelings & how you're going to miss him.

Jen said...

Holy CRAP! I can't imagine sending A (also 11) on a trans-atlantic flight alone. I can't imagine sending him anywhere alone. I'm kinda jealous. :o

Sukhmandir Kaur said...

Awwe that smile is so precious, full of anticipation and ready for adventure. Bon Voyage... (With all though poppies in the back ground he could be on his way to OZ :)

Robin said...

Oh goodness, now THAT would be a trip to remember...

Leora, I'll bet your daughter is having a fabulous time - Niagara Falls would be a blast with a camp group :).

Relindis said...

Your boy looks so excited that it must be easier for you to let him go on this adventure. I'm sure he will have a great time and will be well looked after on his travels. Thank you for visiting my blog - much appreciated.

Felisol said...

A beautiful boy, and he actually looks older than his eleven years.
I'm sure he's been growing even more when you see him next time.
You are a brave and grown Mom too, you know, having the courage to letting go.

Mimi said...

Wow! you are brave!
My 15 y/o is going off on Sunday for 3 weeks to his annual summer camp (but in Ireland) & was off on a train trip with friends, but a plane is a bit away just yet. However, his 2 older sisters are all over Europe this summer- Spain, UK, Serbia! It's a new era!
I'm sure he'll have a fantastic time! So lucky to have grandparents who are able to give one-on-one!

Fábio Martins said...

That is a nice portrait with a big smile :)

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook said...

He's adorable, what a smile, looks like he can't wait to start his adventure! I get your feelings, my son went to camp every summer for 4 years, it sure was unbearably quiet.

Anonymous said...

Good for you! Smart and excellent parenting. His smile shows he is ready.
Linda

Frume Sarah said...

A new stage for the whole family. How fantastic.

catsynth said...

Sounds like an exciting adventure for him!

Mirjam said...

That ear to ear smile says it all! What an amazing adventure for an eleven year old to go on. I'm sure he will remember this trip forever. Brave of you to let him go on his own though. I'm not sure I'd have the guts to do the same...

Beth F said...

What fun! He definitely looks ready.

Dianne said...

what a wonderful adventure for him!!
he looks so happy

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

He is sooooo handsome and looks elated ~ What a wonderful experience for him ~ Hard to 'let go' for Mom ~ I am sure ~ you will be there soon ~ thanks for sharing ~ ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

Josie Two Shoes said...

I'm sure this solo trip is much harder on the mama than the son... he looks so happy and you know he will have a wonderful time! Kudos to you and your husband for showing him that you believe he's up to the challenge of going on his own. I know you'll be counting down days 'til you join him. What a handsome man he is rapidly growing up to be! You have much to be proud of!

Clairejustine said...

Aww lovely shot :)

SouthLakesMom said...

How exciting for everyone! Be sure to take a photo in the same location when you return. Then compare -- see if can discern the maturity leaking into the atmosphere around him!

Daryl Edelstein said...

looking very grown up ..

anymommy said...

Yikes. So exciting, I can't even imagine. Hope he has a smooth trip.

Hena Tayeb said...

He looks ecstatic! How are you holding up... sending your once upon a time baby off on his own.. i would be resisting the urge to hide in his luggage. :)

angie said...

He's 11 already? And traveling Internationally? He'll have so much fun! How fun that he gets an extended vacation!