My metamorphosis from loving change to hating it was a slow one, an almost imperceptible wearing away starting from from the time of my husband's first round of unemployment, through the second, third and now (come tomorrow) fourth time and my son heading off to college. Nothing pleads 'no more change' quite like your first born leaving the nest. Ouch! For all the positives for them, watching as my children move out of our house and on to their own lives is not all fun and games for me. We are about 7 weeks into his freshman year and I am still waiting for him to pack up and come home, so that we can return to what I once knew was normal.
Tomorrow, Halloween, I will be facing yet another change, one my youngest brought to light when he was feeling sad the other day. When I asked why he was feeling down, he told me that he was concerned about Halloween because my oldest used to orchestrate a big candy trade and this year just wouldn't be the same without it. I don't know how my oldest did it because he stopped actually trick or treating a few years ago, but he would tag along walking our dog. But, when we returned home, he could take two random pieces of candy and parlay them into a bag full during this candy trade. Talk about skill. In reality, he took candy from his siblings that they did not like and then traded it back to them for stuff he liked. They never knew what hit them. I still don't understand how it always worked in his favor beyond the fact that he is one persuasive guy and could make them think that the candy they disliked was actually the best of the loot.
So, yes, children grow up, people lose jobs...OK, can this be the last time for a good long while, please?...but at least one thing remains a constant. Crazy college kids...my son informed me that he wore a gorilla costume to lacrosse practice last night. Doesn't everyone?