Thursday, September 4, 2014

Moving On

Griffin went to school this morning.
He's been there about 3 hours now
and the director has already emailed
me twice saying that he's fine.

I guess she thought I'd need 
that reassurance after 
dropping him off this morning.

He is attending a small
bilingual school here in the
The teachers speak only French
in the morning and
only English in the afternoon.
There is a private garden for recess
and the lunch menu looks
like something off of a 
Michelin starred restaurant.

I know this is a perfect place 
for Griffin.
And I know that he's ready.
But, man it's been an emotional 
few weeks for me.
Stephen leaving for college.
Saying many goodbyes to family 
and friends.
Getting evicted from our apartment.
Griffin going to school.

I'm in shock
and trying to be positive
and grateful for the time that 
we've had in this amazing apartment.

Moving on.


  1. Pam, I have followed your amazing life through your beautiful blog for years.
    It was one of the first I ever read.
    Your love of mothering is like my own...
    And I know how hard it must have been for you to see your baby starting school.
    Prayers and love for you from across the miles.
    And evicted?!?!
    Will be waiting to

  2. Pam!
    The dynamics of your sweet, and a privilege to be able to follow along!

    One going off to college, and one just beginning school. I remember those emotions. (Sort of like tapping into those bitter sweet "baby blues" moments after childbirth!)

    Your summer was amazing! The image of your beautiful family on the island of Capri was my favorite postcard.

    I have always been fascinated with Martha's Vineyard and the camp's Illumination Night. I have decided to start a tradition of a Illumination Night here on 34th Street. My "Grands" will paint a lantern each year! Who knows? Maybe the magic will spread to house next door!
    Congratulations on the purchase of "the grey house"! I cannot wait to see the view from that kitchen sink and to see it lighted inside and out next summer!

    ...and speaking of views..."Appartement adieu Paris avec une vue! La dame de la maison ├ętait si gentil de partager votre charme!"
    I wish you the best of luck upon seeking your next perfectly placed kitchen sink!

  3. Yes, that is a lot to take in!
    I do hope he has a fantastic first day, and I am impressed that the director has personally emailed you.
    Stay strong Pam, and I hope you can get through the next couple of weeks.

  4. Oh man, that sure is a lot to deal with. I'm sorry that you have to look for a new place to live. Hope you find one fast and in the perfect area! Hang in there...

  5. I'm right there with you--Evie's been in school for almost a month now, and I still have days where I want to squeeze her close and keep her home with me.

    Kids leaving for college make a special hole in a mama's heart that you can't explain till it happens. Thank goodness for text, email, and FaceTime is all I can say about that one.

    I want to hear the evicted story.

  6. Your little Griffin is the image of the sweetness of going back to school. Love this photo. All four of mine are in working and in college. Two have left the nest two remain. I really cannot even think about when they are all gone :(

    It is hard to understand why you would get evicted! But I truly believe it must be for your families best. We never ever know. Try not to stress, a new home will be found and you will be able to fluff a new nest while your little Griff is at school. Maybe the new place will have a more spacious kitchen for you to cook in. I remember you love to cook. Embrace this season...peace to you.

  7. Oh Pam, I feel for you! After summer I am so ready for everyone to go back and then the storm of emotions hit me and I want them all back. (Almost all of them back :), especially the little ones! :)

  8. More great things ahead...for you...for Griff...for your homelife...all of it...I am sure!

  9. I understand your "seperation anxiety", this boy is sooo adorable.