Well it’s actually happening. Wednesday I drove up to Richmond where I had lunch with Naomi and the grandkids; then I drove David and Beks to Wake Forest while their parents finish off the task of prepping for the movers.
When we drove by the “Welcome to North Carolina” sign they both shouted, “Goodbye Virginia!” and the next leg of their adventure was well under way.
“If moving away from Richmond wasn’t difficult,” Naomi told me, “then it would mean we hadn’t done a great job of living here.”
I understand exactly what she is saying. They have invested themselves in the neighborhood, the city, their workplaces, and their church, building meaningful relationships that run deep and true. It is hard to let go of such an authentic experience of community. But our daughter lives with enthusiasm, commitment, and passion, and she doesn’t waste a moment. It has become the calling card of their family: Naomi, Craig, David, Beks.
So today, while the packers are working with Naomi, and Craig is tying up loose ends his last day at Trader Joe’s in Short Pump, the children are enjoying a no-school vacation day or two. Beks is studying the bird book to see what feathered friends she can expect to see in Miami (there will be a wide variety) and David is assembling a new Lego project.
So my prayer for today is that Naomi’s family will not only experience peace and assurance, but be caught up in a sense of excitement, adventure, and anticipation.
As for the grandparents? Well we’re going to enjoy them while we have them, try not to cry too much, and keep our eyes open for cheap flights and quick expeditions to South Florida.
Here is the first of many parting benedictions. “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace” (Num. 6:24-26).
In love, and because of love – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.