I sent a book to the son of some friends for Christmas. The book is called “How Far Does a Rubber Band Stretch” and it was one of my son’s favorites when he was little. The story is about a little boy who decides to see how far a rubber band can stretch and so he hooks it around his bedpost and heads out the door. He takes various modes of transportation including a ship across the ocean, an airplane, and ultimately a rocket. The rocket lands on the moon and as he steps out the door there is a loud BOING as the rubber band finally snaps.
If you have ever had a child move out on their own for the first time, you know that the story lies. A rubber band stretches from your child all the way to our heart, no matter how far they travel.
Tonight as I wait for the front door to open and close and the tv to go on in the room across the hall I feel the tug of the rubber band and while my head knows I won’t be hearing those sounds – my heart is still going to listen.