Even before we dropped Kaitlyn off with Amber’s mom last Sunday, we had talked about keeping our expectations for this week realistic. While we wanted Kaitlyn to spend the whole week away from home, we fully expected that they would be back at our house by Wednesday. After all, this was the first time that Kaitlyn had really spent any significant time away from us.
It is safe to say that Kaitlyn exceeded our expectations once again.
In a few hours, Kaitlyn’s Spring Break, at least the vacation part of it, will be over. She will be home this afternoon, having made it the entire week! Now, that is not to say that she did not have a few moments where she was teetering on the brink of wanting to come home, but she stuck it out. Amber and I are both proud of her, and proud of the foundation that was laid for future times away from us. For someone who is all about her routine, Kaitlyn did a great job of being in an unfamiliar place, following an unfamiliar routine; the break did her a lot of good.
I’m not sure who missed who more, whether Amber and I missed her more, or she missed us more, but it is safe to say that we all enjoyed the week. At the very least, we talked to Kaitlyn every night to get a recap of her day, and she seemed excited to tell us about her day. She went bowling, had a picnic, went to a high school baseball game, and did some shopping. She stayed up late and slept in, and even made a new friend in Amber’s mom’s dog.
While it would be great to think that each time she spends an extended time without us will be this successful, that would be unfair. We know that each time will be its own unique experience, and there may be times where she is miserable and will want to come home within a day; if and when that happens, we will continue to build on it and help Kaitlyn grow.