I posted the photo on Instagram along with the (only slightly) tongue in cheek comment that I hoped Siri had a good night's rest last night. She'll be giving Sara turn by turn directions and sending me texts about every two hours or when a new state comes up. Her last text was from Kentucky. Then there's a good stretch through Indiana before she makes a hard left turn into Illinois to spend the night in Champaign. Tomorrow's drive is - thankfully - a lot shorter.
Since she left, I've walked Holly to the lake (a little over an hour's walk), run with Lauren (about three miles), taken a 75 minute yoga class and been to Costco (for a case of wine and a few other things :-) Tonight Marc and I are going out for dinner with a few friends (celebrating our return to empty nesters!). Yes, I'm planning to keep myself super-busy for the next few days to ease the emptiness.
She moved out of her college apartment exactly two months ago. Even optimistic me couldn't have imagined then that today she'd be headed out by herself, for a new adventure...in a state I'd never visited. I am so very grateful for all the time we got to spend together; oh my we made some wonderful memories (and we even have great photos to show for it)! And I'll see her again in nine days...
Safe travels, Sara - and if anyone else is reading this post over the weekend, I'd love for you to add your best good wishes onto mine. Thank you!