Life. Is. Hard.
The absolute, most gut wrenching thing for a parent, is to watch their children experience this. It's one thing for me to go through a rough time, but seeing my children go through it takes it to a whole new level of anxiety and worry - for me. Heck, for all I know, they could unload on me, feel better about things, and then go on their merry way and not think anything about their cares and troubles - that somehow, they are all transferred to me. But I know that's not always the case. Umm Katelynn? You think it's hard now? It's just as hard - but different. It's emotional. What's harder? I really don't know.
Hannah will probably get mad at me for putting this out there, but her and her boyfriend broke it off this weekend. I like The Boy, I really do. But what are the odds of ANY high school relationship making it, let alone a long distance one? The fact that the chances are very slim doesn't make things any easier for anyone. It can happen, but it takes a lot of work.
One of my ultimate gifts on my Christmas list, this and every year - I want my kids to be happy with their choices and to share their lives with the right person.
However many years down the road, I look forward to welcoming new people into our family. Until then, I wish everyone a good, not-too-rocky journey.