Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Home from Boston for the holidays December 20, 2014

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FOR ONE MONTH and nine days, the Ticketless Travel Passenger Itinerary has hung on the side of my refrigerator.

His flight departs Boston Logan Airport in Massachusetts at 5:15 p.m. He’s taking the scenic route, flying first to Atlanta before connecting on a flight to Minnesota. He always does the connecting flight thing to save money.

I have not seen him in nearly six months, not since July 7, and I am beyond ecstatic that my son will be home for Christmas.

I miss my boy, although he is not truly a boy, but a towering near 21-year-old in his junior year at Tufts University in Medford, MA. Too far from Minnesota for my liking. But he is happy there, at a college that suits his talents and academic needs, and that is what’s most important.

You get used to it after awhile—their absence. Or at least I tell myself that. I will always miss my children. Always.

At 3:44 p.m. (Minnesota time) on December 18, he texts me:  About to board

Those are the sweetest three words I’ve read in six months.

File photo, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Thursday, 10:41 p.m.:  Just landed

Those are the sweetest two words I’ve read in six months.

Friday, 12:08 a.m.: Home.

One. Sweet. Word.

© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


12 Responses to “Home from Boston for the holidays”

  1. Ted Aaberg Says:

    Nice Red Wing boots! Best holiday wishes to you and yours Audrey 🙂

  2. treadlemusic Says:

    Such an absence/”hole” doesn’t really diminish but it always brought me up short when I would stop and all of a sudden realize that my “dailies” totally “covered up” the hole! The present norms of life have a way engulfing a body unless there is a pausing moment of recollection. I believe that is the way we are made and it’s a good thing. Life goes on for all of us and takes each one down different paths. The true blessing comes when those paths intersect and a joyful reunion is experienced. Enjoy, and be totally present, in every moment! Blessings and hugs……………………

  3. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    Hope you have a great holiday. 🙂

  4. Jackie Says:

    Ahhhh, home at last. So glad you have you boy home with you, enjoy your sweet time together!

  5. hotlyspiced Says:

    I’m so happy for you, Audrey. You must be overjoyed. It’s very different for me here in Oz as here children don’t go away to college, they live at home. Sometimes I wish they did go away! But I know how much I would miss them if I was in your situation. May your days with your son be filled with happy and harmonious and precious times that form everlasting memories xx

  6. chlost Says:

    It is a most wonderful feeling to have your “chicks” back in the nest. I visited Tufts with my daughter on her college search trip. I loved the elephant. It is a wonderful school.

    • It truly is a wonderful feeling. Just took the Wisconsin daughter part way home today. 😦 But at least she was in Minnesota for 1 1/2 days with all of us and I will take whatever time I’m given.

      And, yes, Tuft’s University is a great school, an especially good fit for my son.

      I love the elephant mascot, too. I’ve never been to the campus, only viewed photos.

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