Smuckers snackation was great, now it’s back to school

29 Sep

I am thrilled to work with The J.M. Smucker Company to tell my family’s story and appreciate that they compensated me for it.  See what happened at the beginning of our story.

Now that Beloved is settled and doing well, the Smuckers Snackation is officially over.  It’s back to school and back to work time.  Students everywhere are getting back to the grind of daily life with books, teachers, schedules and expectations.

Smuckers Uncrustables in the freezer of Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

It was so fun planning her move but now it’s time for all of us to deal with her not being here.  I never noticed how quiet the house could be.  I stumble upstairs to her room several times each day just to double check if she’s actually left.  Sadly, the answer is always yes.

I’m thrilled for her new adventure and proud of the woman she’s becoming.  But I must admit that I yearn to harness the power of time and make it slowly revolve backwards to a time when she was a little one hiding behind my leg.

Smuckers Staycation with Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

Alas, it’s just wishful thinking and life goes on.  I called several times today to make sure she was doing alright and enjoying her new found freedom.  She assured me she was.  I told her how thrilled I am at her new adventure and encourage her to enjoy it to the fullest.  She will.

Our first day apart ends and we say goodnight.

I’m getting ready for bed when I hear the ping ping of my cell phone.  I’m thrilled to see that Beloved has sent over some photos of her new place.  The most important photo for both of us is her enjoying her Smucker’s Uncrustables.  Made just like Mom would.  Knowing that I’m always with her.

Enjoying a Smuckers Uncrustables with Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

Hovering high and low, Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

4 Responses to “Smuckers snackation was great, now it’s back to school”

  1. Jill October 4, 2015 at 8:28 PM #

    Thinking of you. I know this is an exciting time for Beloved but a hard one for you.

  2. L. E. Mastilock October 2, 2015 at 10:38 AM #

    I do love Smuckers jam, but wouldn’t be able to stomach one of those. How sweet that it’s a little meaningful thing between you and your baby, though. This got me choked up! I still have little ones and I can’t imagine having to move them out. I know you’re so proud and excited for her, but inside there’s a young mama wanting to hold onto her baby forever and turn back time to when you could still pick her up. Enjoy your new adventure both of you!

  3. Fatima October 1, 2015 at 4:48 PM #

    I cannot imagine how much of a mess I’ll be the day my oldest heads off to college. Its good to know there are little things like a PB&J sandwich to remind us of their childhood, and ours of course! 🙂

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