This fall is seeing the Cozzi family entering into some new seasons of life. Alex is now a freshman in college. He is going to a small christian college in San Diego's east county. The college is just around the corner from my mom's house and Alex is now living with his Granny. Getting Alex ready for school and moving him down to mom's house was both much easier and much harder than I ever expected. The actual move went smoothly and except for a couple of tears shed by me when I asked him if he was going to be okay, it wasn't as emotional as I thought it would be.
However, the ongoing, daily missing of my boy is quite another thing! My heart pines for the sound of his voice, the delight of his laughter and even the obnoxious teasing of his little brothers. I miss sharing the news of the day with him. Nobody can get me going when it comes to politics like my Alex! And nobody can envelope me in that special sense of "Alex love" like my oldest son.
But, even with the missing I would be the most selfish mom in the world to want anything different for Alex than what he has now! God has been SO kind! Last year, in the midst of my grief for my grandma and the fear we experienced when Mario's job became a casualty of the banking crisis and he was laid off I couldn't begin to imagine how we would be able to help Alex achieve his dream of going to college. With the coming of spring those questions were slowly answered and God's faithfulness continued to be revealed. Mario found a new job, Alex was accepted at four different colleges and his first college of choice offered him not only a soccer scholarship but also an academic scholarship. So here he is, going to the christian school of his choice, playing soccer, living with granny, eating dinners at his Aunt Pooh's house, making new friends and experiencing all that is good when you are young and bright and eager to live out all that God is calling you to. What more could a mom possibly want? Praise God for his kindness and mercy!
A new season of change is in the offing for my Anthony too! Today he began his high school career. Yep, Anthony is now a freshman!! He got up early this morning. He was excited and more than a little nervous. We double-checked his backpack at least three times to make sure he hadn't forgotten anything and then he and I prayed together for this first, new day of high school. This layout speaks of my thoughts as my sweet middle son begins this new adventure:
Journaling reads: And so.......another year of school begins. Your Kindergarten days have long since past. And now even your time at Light & Life has come to an end. This year you are a freshman in High School and a whole new world of possibilities lie before you. As always I'm both anxious and eager for what your future holds. You have such a heart for Christ and the opportunities set before you to share that love with others is immense. My prayer is that you will be a greater influence on the world than the world will influence you. Even though there are many new and exciting changes this year still some things stay the same. ..Mom still takes "first day of school photos", dad still makes your breakfast and packs your lunch, Millie still eagerly awaits your return each day and, most important of all, you are still & always held close in our hearts and enveloped in our love & prayers.
Well....now I'm feeling VERY nostalgic and sentimental so I think it is time I wrap up this post and go grab some snuggle time with Austin who, thankfully, doesn't begin school until next Monday!!