Some of the laws of physics, I'm deciding, don't just relate to the physical world. I have now experienced this (noticeably) three times in my life. Let me explain....
This law first talks about things being at rest: "An object that is at rest will stay at rest unless an unbalanced force acts upon it," and I guess that's pretty important too, but it's the second part of that law that I'm referring to here.
Finishing school has become a "force impressed." I was going along just doing everything required to graduate and suddenly, it's over. Done. Finito! What's a girl supposed to do with that? Weird!
When my mom died, similar feeling. At her home for five days. Seeing to her needs. Helping where I could, and suddenly she's gone. Having never experienced anything like that before, I wasn't sure what to expect. Why was the world still revolving? The need to help continued with funeral preparations, burial, etc., but it was so different and much decreased in its intensity. It's something like having the ground disappear beneath your feet. Just hoping and praying there's a net or something that's going to catch you.
I didn't bargain for this with the school thing. I am amazed at all the avenues that are opening up. I didn't even realize that they'd closed; in come cases, I'd closed them out of convenience sake. I hated having them closed, but I knew there were going to have to be sacrifices if I was going to meet the goal and continue in my straight forward path. There would be no detours and no shortcuts.
When I told #2 about the dinner idea, he scoffed, "But Mom, we've done this before. Over and over again. It never works. The kids forget that it's their turn to make dinner, and then we find ourselves at dinner time with nothing to eat, so we scramble to make something quick. It won't work."
It was WONDERFUL to be able to reassure him that I'm now available. I can be in the kitchen with whoever's cooking and can instruct as needed. I'm AVAILABLE!
What a great feeling!