This summer has been one of farewells thus far, 5 big ones so far and no homecomings yet. Loaf is not taking the separation very well. However as much as she would love every post to be about her this one is about Gus. My darling independent, stubborn, lovely daughter. I'm so glad she will be gone the least amount of time. Too many babies leaving the nest at once is not good for my heart.
I was thinking about her today when I sat on the couch and no one snuggled up next to me, which is not a bad thing as I'm not a snuggler. However Gus is, she loves to come sit next to me and curl into me. It happens everyday, sometimes multiple times a day. There is always complaining about my stomach being too noisy or how I produce too much heat, to which I just replay don't snuggle. She still comes.
I love this look. I miss this look of "really mom, the camera." More than any of my children she hates having her picture taken, but I figure it's just like learning to play the piano if you are my child it has to happen. She doesn't love the piano either.
Books however she does love. Gus is most content to be alone, not completely alone she wants to be home with everyone, but alone in her activities whether it be gardening or reading. She can plow through 3 books in a week and retain everything. She can spend hours in the garden and feel refreshed when she comes back in.
I love you darling girl. You are growing into such a strong young woman, you are trying hard things, you are letting the spirit guide you as you try to understand what you want out of life. I miss you, but you will be home soon and I will gladly let you snuggle at least until we both overheat.
She might even be so glad to see me I might get a few smiling pictures out of her, one can only hope.