Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Return of the Youngest Child

Awhile back I had posted about the number of birthdays coming up this summer with a good number of them in June and Jamie's towards the end of July. When I wrote that post, I also was lamenting that Jamie wouldn't be coming home to Connecticut this summer to spend her 15th birthday here with me.

I was none too happy about that whole idea, especially considering that with rising gas prices I wasn't sure what airline tickets were going to look like come Christmas-time or next summer so what were the chances of her getting up here either of those times if she didn't come up this summer? Add on the fact that the idea of not seeing my youngest child for over a year was completely unacceptable to me and there was nothing for it but for me to find a way to buy a ticket for her to fly out.

So, what do I usually do in times of need like this? How does an almost-50 year old single mom handle these sorts of things? Easy - I picked up the phone and called my Mom and asked for her assistance in getting Jamie a ticket to come home! Sigh ... 50 years old and I'm still calling my mother to bail me out ... how pathetic is that?

I talked Mom into splitting the cost of a ticket with me for Jamie's birthday so she'll be flying up late next Thursday night in time for the fireworks here in Norwich on the 5th of July and staying through until July 30th. Which means she'll be here for her 15th birthday one month from today on the 26th of July. Yay!

I've been thinking about some fun things we can do while Jamie is here that aren't going to break what's left of the bank, one of which may be a trip up to Boston to visit Ms. Maggie Moo along with that duck tour we had talked about going on last time I was up there. I figure it's about time someone in the blogosphere met my other daughter and I'm pretty sure Mags can handle it!

Any other thoughts for fun things that don't cost much? I'm open to suggestions!


  1. Fantastic news Linda!

    I'm sure whatever you decide to do Jamie will be just happy to be home with you! :)

  2. i am very happy to read that she is coming your way!!!

    smiles, bee

  3. How wonderful Linda. I do have a question though...Why isn't the father helping her keep connected with her mother? It just seems unfair that you are always paying all the freight for these trips. In any event have a great time with your daughter. Have a great day. :)

  4. This is a happy post, pathetic, I think not, we do what we gotta do

  5. I have not seen my daughter, age 12, for a year and a half. She will come in a little more than a week to spend a month with us.

    I can understand exactly what you are going through. I think Grandma helping her see you, her mother, is the best birthday present she could get.

    Enjoy your visit! :)

  6. Anonymous1:02 PM EDT

    Linda, we gotta do what we gotta do. That's it. I know your Mom wants to see Jamie, too. dear, it is not pathetic.

    I'm excited she gets to come up for her birthday! WOO HOO!

    Be sure to serve cake!

  7. Anonymous5:15 PM EDT

    One of the mistakes I made after my divorce was thinking that when my kids visited I needed to spend every waking hour they were with me entertaining them. In the process, I didn't get to just be with them. Do the things you would do if you were together all the time. Go for walks, go to a park, visit a municipal swimming pool, go to a free museum, etc.

    Above all else, laugh together, talk together, and revel in each other's company. Don't let stuff, or activities get in the way of being together. And enjoy it! :D

  8. Yay for you & Jamie!

    And Yay for grandma, sharing the plane ticket!

    If only you could teleport over to Michigan...

  9. You=Not pathetic.

    Jamie=Super Cute!

    Me=Excited to get to meet her and to spend time with you again!!


  10. Linda - I do so agree with everyone else -not a single thing pathetic about having to reach out for a little help from family, from friends! That's what those people in our lives are here for ya know -to build us up when we're down, by whatever means it may take. And to have Grandma come to the aid, absolutely not a darned thing in the world wrong with that deal! Go for it and enjoy the time with Jamie and Amanda!

  11. Being together is fun enough for you three, right?

    Should be things to see in SE Connecticut and RI that don't involve a casino? Of course, things I like such as the Natulus/Sub Museum or Misquamicut might not work for a teen, but surely there's something, right?

    Good you can be together for three weeks. And don't worry about mom, in our current situation, we have been reliant for help from Patti's mom. Whatever is necessary, as long as the family can be together.

  12. We are all so thrilled she is coming to Connecticut to be with you guys. Looking forward to more stories....

  13. so happy for you that she is there!

  14. Anonymous10:09 PM EDT

    YAY! :)

    Sounds like lots of fun in store for all of you. I know Mags will love it. (Just don't let her wear a white tee shirt...tee hee hee).

  15. I don't think that's so pathetic. You just did what you had to do to see your daughter. I think that's great.

  16. Anonymous1:27 AM EDT

    What wonderful news! No thoughts of being pathetic at all. This is a special time for your dd, you, her sister and your mom. Enjoy! Share photos!

  17. I'm happy to read that Jamie will be with you and her sister for her birthday. Have fun!

    And no, you are not at all pathetic.


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