Friday, May 7, 2010

Nathan News

A few of you commented after my last post, hoping that the bad news I referenced about Nathan wasn't too bad.

So rather than create any unnecessary worry for any of my lovely readers (that would be you), I'll just go ahead and tell you what's going on with him.

The original good news we had back at Spring Break was that he had found a job here in Manteo at a yacht-building company. Well, a couple weeks ago that job fell through because some yacht orders were cancelled.

So he was back to Square One in the job hunting challenge.

Then some more good news arrived. He found another job! At a Christian summer camp! With good pay! Doing stuff he enjoyed!

The bad news?

The camp is in Florida.

And so (big sigh) he will arrive home this coming Monday evening and stay for only two weeks. And then he will be gone. For a good long while--maybe even all the way through the summer and into his senior year of college.

So that's the bad news.

Although I know it isn't completely, totally, entirely bad news--he does have a job, he does get to come home--it is bad news for this mama who was looking forward to having him under my roof for three months.

But on the other hand, I'm happy for him that he has a job and happy that he gets to spend the summer near his girlfriend, her family (who are like a second family to him), his home church, and his buddies in the area.

And I'll be okay.

Because more than being sad about him not coming home, I'd proud of him for leaving the nest and making his way in this world without his Mom and Dad having to hold his hand every step of the way. He's becoming a really fine, really grown up young man. And his dad and I are incredibly proud of him.

And that's the news.

The good news. The bad news. The Nathan News.

7 Had Something To Say (Just click here!):

Anonymous said...

Well I, for one, am happy that the "bad news" isn't too family has kept your family in our prayers and will continue to do so. I'm so happy for you that the house situation was resolved ~ God does watch over us always, doesn't he?!

judi mitchell, franklin, mass

Sue G said...

Yay, Nathan. I know what a big dilemma it is for college kids to find work over the summer now that so many businesses are having some hardships. It is wonderful news that he will be making good money, doing what he loves doing, being close to his second family, and earning that much needed money for senior year.

I think Mama might have to take a trip or two to Florida this summer to share some time with her boy, don't you?

bearie1 said...

That's kind of what I was thinking the news might be. Glad he found a good job, with good pay for the summer. Elaine

Anonymous said...

I think you all should visit down here too! You can see where he works and spend some time with him. Go to Disney too!

Living in FL, I am curious where the camp is. My 15 yr old daughter is going to youth camp with our Church this summer for a week. But they are going to Mobile Al to Centrifuge.
Congratulations to Nathan! Jill-FL

A Mom' Serious Blunder said...

I am happy to hear that Nathan got a job but also sad for you because I know how much you were looking forward to spending time with him this summer. Rejoice in his ability to take care of himself! The alternative is a nightmare that I am living everyday.

LizW said...

Oh, Becky, I do feel badly for you that Nathan won't be around for the summer, especially since you were thinking he would be. That is the down side of raising a wonderful son who is a pleasure to have around! Hopefully, he can find some time to get back to Manteo for a visit. It is ok to let him know that seeing him is important in your recovery. This is not the time to the the "good" mother, and not be honest about your feelings. Dealing with your illness is part of his becoming a full fledged adult, and I can speak from experience, that hiding your true feelings from your children isn't always a good idea. Hope this makes sense. You would have every right to feel envious of Meagan and her family for having him so close, especially when you need him to be with you. it is a balancing act between proud mom and sad mom. You will figure it out, as you always do!
Prayers as always for all the Smith Family.


Ericka said...

That's the sign of a truly good parent: loving and nurturing your kids, caring about your kids, and wanting them near you, but being selfless enough to let them spread their wings and prepare for the world even when you wish they'd stay in the nest.