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It's been one of those Summers, the kind that flies by so fast...Most of us wish it could Last and Last...Especially the Children... The very Young, the not so Young... and the Young at Heart...So this one's for you and for me.

We realize when the kids are gone, grown, on their own, how quiet the house seems...Oh we Love having these quiet times, the long walks, the talks, reconnecting... no schedule...eating what we want when we want...and not feeling guilty. That is until we get the phone call..."Hey, Mom, if you guys aren't busy this weekend how would you like a little company"? It's The oldest son, needs some Me he explained. His Family had different plans and we'd see them in a few weeks.

Of course I'm Thrilled. It's a happy time in his Life, he'd been through some sad years. And so he arrives and goes to the Beach, Boogie Boards...pigs out, and we get to spoil him, and he Loves it. Saturday night, he announces, don't wait up for him...he's going to one of the Casinos. We say fine. We plan to watch a Video or two. And then it's our Bedtime.

Lover Man falls right to sleep after a little Love Making...I am WIDE AWAKE...I get up check, my Mac, and look at the clock which reads 2 A.M. I read some Comments that have been left on my Hubs...And then I decide to start a New Hub, which I finish by 3 A.M. I trot back to bed and try to sleep...and this Son, becomes 17 once again in my mind...and I sleep with one eye opened until at 3:30 I hear the front door open and close and know that he is back, safely back. All Mother's can relate to that feeling. Now I can go to sleep... as I hear the Refrigerator softly open and close.

The next day we join Son at the Beach and I watch him surf as Lover Man reads his book...Then he and I take our usual walk along the Beach and marvel at all we see...It never gets old. And we talk, we always find something to talk about. Later, Son asks me to take a walk along the beach with him and I do. I glance at his wonderful, healthy body and feel so proud that he is mine...and I think of some of those years, some very trying years, some very rewarding years, and now he is a man, with children of his own.

Later we Bar-b-que Chicken, eat wonderful Jersey Corn and Salad...there is even Shrimp and Hot Sauce and we bathe in the Joy of each other's company. Then all too soon it is time for him to go...To go back to being a Dad, his job on Monday, and all the other responsibilities that he has at this stage in his life

We say our Goodbyes...He hugs us both and says what a Wonderful weekend he had. And we echo his sentiments back, and then he is waving and driving away...I brush a tear from my eye as I wave back, and Lover Man looks down and senses my emotions and pulls me close.

Comments 29 comments

Cheryl Kapelner-Champ 5 years ago

Nice writing, & so good to read! Yes, they are men out in the world now, & all of our time has flown, to another page... & a different kind of nest, never empty in our hearts.

Look foward to reading another chapter's episode.

In Friendship & w/ love, Cher

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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Having an adult son, I could so relate to this short story even though my son doesn't have a family yet. He broke up with his significant other and recently spent a week with us which was very close to what you described (without the casino visit).

Rated this story up across the board except for funny.

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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is such a beautiful and touching story, b. Malin. You've expressed the feeling of love so well.

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alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

Beautiful work and I'm voting it as such and Up.

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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Lover man is one lucky man and we have 3 grown sons and proud of each one. They still need those me times every now and again, so happy to be there for them. Great read.

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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Thank You Cheryl, as one mother to another...we have our memories and the present...and sometimes the two do meet! Glad you Enjoyed.

It's funny how our Sons relate to us once they are grown...He also helped me in my time of Need. He is so Special...Thanks HappyBoomernuse for relating.

Alicia, Thank You for feeling the Love I was trying to project.

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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Alocsin, as some mother's son, I'm so glad your liked this one. Thanks for you Vote my friend.

Fiddleman, Thank You for appreciating this Hub, and I have two grown Sons, different as day and night, but LOVED equally for whom they are.

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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A beautiful story and one I can relate to.

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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

I have no idea what that's like but I got a pretty good idea from your descriptive writing framing your feelings just right, glad you had that time, dust

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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Thank you so much Rosemay it makes me feel good to know that you related to my Hub!

Dusty being a Mother never ends...I'm sure your Mother felt the sameway, We Laugh, we Cry and we Love you no matter what. Thanks for reading and your Comments.

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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

I don't reckon I had no mother, but my Pop always done right, dust

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Multiman 5 years ago

No matter what we do a part of our children always remains young and vunerable, its part of being a partent for 20 years. Great article voted up.

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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Just letting you know I put the video of the Pointer Sisters and Slow Hand on my hub for you. That song suites so well and I thank you for suggesting it

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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Dusty, a Woman gave birth to you...after that I don't know what happened, but maybe it would make for a good Hub...I'm sure your Pop was a good man who filled in that gap. LOL.

Multiman so true...and in our eyes no matter how OLD they get...we still worry about them and Love them unconditionally. Thanks for your Vote.

Rosemay, it should be the National Anthem for all us Women...and the Men should be reminded to play it every now and then! LOL.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, this sounds so familiar, my son moved to Wales a while ago, about 250 miles, and I miss him so much, he does come back sometimes, then off he goes again, and it does feel lonely, cheers nell

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Parenting is permanent. We only stop when we die.

Great Hub!

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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Like Happyboomer, Fiddelman, and NellRose -- our boys are so special. I am driving my 20 year-old back to college on Tuesday. I'll cry the whole way home! Summer was great . . . and there will be others! Thanks for sharing!

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lcbenefield 5 years ago from Georgia

Made me cry too. Beautiful. I could feel the love you have for your son.

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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Neil, The old saying, Happy to see them visit, well, Happy and Healthy...doing their thing. My Sons are three and six hours away and working hard so it is a treat when they can fit me in. Thanks for relating.

How True WillStarr...and in between, Hopefully we get to Enjoy those times together and know when to give advise and when to be quiet. Thanks for the Compliment.

All our kids are Special Sally, they make us Laugh, they can make us Cry and Always We Cheer them on! Of course letting go is hard...

Icbenefield didn't want to make you cry...But thank you so much for seeing the Love in this Hub...My Son is Truly a Beautiful person...they both are!

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

I found this so emotional, beautiful story.

No matter how old your children are, it's a real treat to spend some quality time with them. Many thanks for sharing.

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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Thank you too Movie Master for you Wonderful words on Parenthood and for the compliments on this Hub...Always appreciated.

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

This brought tears..I think because..I too have an empty house..well kind of..I watch my 5 year old grandson but it made me miss my son Josh who is serving in the army..he is married and has a beautiful family with three little girls..he is the one who suprised me with a special dance just me and him at his wedding, who stood by his car and held me, playing a cd by Creed as he said goodbye for the army..oh just one day I would give to see him soon..I miss him..they are coming Christmas and I can not wait..You and "lover man" lol are wonderful parents and I just loved your style of writing..touching in everyway..

Can't wait to read more.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Sunnie, you must be so Proud of Josh and his lovely family. I have two granddaughters after having raised two's quite a Treat! I'm sure Christmas can't come soon enough! Thanks for "Hubbing" me back...and for Relating to this Hub. I look forward to Enjoying many more of yours as well.

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epigramman 5 years ago

...sad to say - and that is one reason I don't like August because September and fall is behind it. Are you a snowbird this year again? Maybe if your understanding husband dosen't mind - lol - you can fit me in your luggage for down south - I'm down south too here at lake erie - but not down south far enough - when November comes rolling around. lol

As always my friend I find your writing so engaging, spontaneous and fresh and never ever any pretense - that is what makes you an essential hub writer in my book!

lake erie time 5:55pm

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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Ah this made me cry - so beautiful.. Voting up and pressing those buttons too!

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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

I really enjoyed reading your thoughts b., so familiar, well written and touching - time does seem to fly by so quickly, the good times even more so, as the lover men everywhere sleep...And we marvel at grown men and women that were once helpless babes in our arms, now strong & independent, but worry never seems to rest does it?

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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Hey Colin, you really know how to win a Heart...Yes, we are planing to go South once again after Thanksgiving...Same place, same Fox, same pool, but hopefully, lots more things to write about. Taking the old PT Cruise... will Load it up, hey, maybe you could ride on Top holding tight to your Luggage. As long as you and I can Hub, we are never really far apart in Spirit!

Hey Acaetnna Thank you for thinking this Hub Beautiful and always A Big Thank You for your Vote.

Chatkath, How Beautiful YOUR thoughts are...This week I'm getting to Enjoy this Son and his Family...what a Treat when all goes well...We just Sparkle!

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september girl 5 years ago

I could see it all and feel the emotions. Wonderful piece of shared writing. : ) Yes, a mother never forgets!

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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Thanks for stopping by and Commenting September Girl...A Son, is a Son for the rest of his Life...A Son is a Son until he takes a Wife...However, if we play our cards Right...He still finds the time to visit and I cherish those times!

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