My dd was here for about 22 hours...boy did that fly by. It was so great to see her but also made me so sad when she left. When I go long periods without seeing her and hugging her I kind of forget how much I miss her "in person". Then seeing her again, it brings it all back up. I feel like I mostly know what's going on in her life, she shares pretty freely when we talk on the phone and occasionally Skype but of course its not the same.
It might be even a little more bittersweet because we had such a rocky relationship when she was a teen. She never said really awful things to me but she gave me a lot of attitude, and would just do stuff (passive agressive?) that drove me crazy. I don't even think it was planned to upset me, she seemed so self-absorbed then that her parents' feelings might not have even been on her radar. (I guess I'll have to ask her about that sometime!) As her behavior got worse my stress level rose to the point that when she moved out it was a big relief for me (which also produced some guilt). So now to have a close relationship is especially heart warming.
I know that some of you see your kids regularly and some, like me, see them infrequently. Does anyone else have these bittersweet feelings when you see your kids?