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Updated on September 7, 2012

Life is a Highway


A Grandmother's Thoughts

Letting them go as they spread their wings into the great unknown,

Can be like a thousand bricks weighing on our hearts.

We cannot stop them from leaving the nest. All we can do is pray,

The values we taught them are still welded deep within their youthful minds.

The innocence of young adults may not lead them where they think they are going,

All of us have learned life through living it in our own way.

As a child or grandchild travels hundreds of miles from home by themselves,

There may be no way of changing their minds,

Trust in God to see them safely to their destination.

Cast your worries unto the Lord,

Is easier said than done,

This will stop ourselves from going insane with worry.

My Grandson


As I watched him leave.......

My grandson just left to travel over a thousand miles to go to school. I know he could have found one much closer. Maybe I'm just an old grandma worrying about things I shouldn't be concerned about. I guess the old truck he's driving doesn't help with convincing me he'll be okay. He's traveled by himself further than that before and he found his way home. So why am I worried? I know he's a big boy and can take care of himself. Guess grandmas are just made that way. I am proud of him for pursuing his dream.

The thoughts in the poem came to me as I watched him leave.

An Update Nearly a Year Later

I was right. I had no reason to worry about Tyler. After just the first two months at a school he couldn’t afford housing for, he decided to go back to the pipelines. Not near home, but where he needed to be.

He sold his old pickup truck, bought a plane ticket and went to Texas. He was back working at what he knew with people he knew. He loved it there. He was getting some extra hand-on welding lessons to go with what he had learned at the school. School can come later if he still wants the educated version of learning the welding trade. He knows a great deal about it already without going the course.

When the crew moved north, he moved. Before spring he bought a near new truck and came home. This is the first year he was not battling the winter months of the north as he worked the gas fields.

Here we are, going into fall and he plans to stay here for now. He has a new girlfriend here. Funny how such a thing can change a young man’s plans. If that’s what it takes, I give thanks to God for the birds and the bees.


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    • Diana Lee profile image

      Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      He's back and all is well. He's grown into a fine young man and grandma needs to trust he'll be just fine. Thanks, aviannovice.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      He is fine. Call him occasionally to allay those fears and worries.

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      Diana L Pierce 6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thanks Chatkath, I just got a call he made it there and is getting settled in. That does ease my mind.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      It is and will always be that way Diana, I am like that with my son too, if he is happy and OK then I feel so much better! Great expression of your love and a beautiful sentiment.

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      Diana L Pierce 6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      I hope so. As long as he's okay guess Christmas can be celebrated any day he gets here.

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Mothers and Grandmothers carry heavy hearts when our children are away. And the more we give our love away, the more the heart manufactures.Hopefully he will be home for Christmas.

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      Diana L Pierce 6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      It doesn't matter how old they get either. Thanks for stopping by.

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      rosesfromourlady 6 years ago

      When my son was little, he wanted to go really far away for college and I worried about that when he was 11.

      Now I am happy to report that he doesn't want to go far and is wanting to stay near home. YEAH!!! Thanks for your article. If your a Mom or G-Ma....your always gonna worry about them....because we love them so much. :)