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Christopher left today to begin his new job in Sacramento. This felt different from other leave-takings—he is no longer in school with all the structure—and expense to us—that college education involves. He won’t have the luxury of coming to visit during long breaks from school, and we won’t have the treat of seeing him that often.

After he graduated from UC Davis in June he spent a month in Europe, biking from Prague to Vienna, seeing the sites in the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Spain, France and Ireland, having his possessions stolen from a hostel in Nice, connecting with friends here and there along the way, and arriving back in the U.S. dead broke.

He was here for 10 days before taking off to start his post-grad career, strewing his belongings about, eating gargantuan amounts, and making us realize again, as we have every time he has come and gone, that we will miss him terribly.


CJD in Barcelona


About treacycolbert

I make my living by writing about health care. I've always written about life's chastening effect, but just as a way of sorting it out for myself. After years of doing this and keeping these essays quiet, I decided to put some of these impressions out there on this blog. Thanks for reading, and let me know what you think.

8 responses »

  1. Oh Treacy! I’m so happy for Christopher as he embarks on this next right of passage. It must be hard not to have him so close though… thinking of you.


  2. Treacy, I feel your pain, but big congratulations to Christopher on his employment! Transitions are always difficult, but be proud that you’ve raised him to go out into the world and be independent!

  3. Yes, it comes on you suddenly sometimes, that realization that life is changing in a big way. You and David have raised a strong independent person. And although it changes, i so enjoy the adult relationship I have with my children – just very different. Thinking of you.

  4. This made me choke up! Such a wonderful young man…I know you will miss him, but Sac is closer than you think! 🙂


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