The one thing that surprised me more that any other is that I am seeing a second generation grow up to fly away like my children did. Four grandchildren have ventured out on their own.
A granddaughter will marry this summer. This will be the first of many wonderful ceremonies in our family. A ceremony seems to move us forward with joy and satisfaction.
The future is on the minds of my children these days. A son-in-law will retire this summer. How could that be when they are so young...at least in my mind. I cannot bear it when they talk about being older...if they are, where does that leave my husband and I?
The next stage will be the one where they become snowbirds and learn to travel and spend long periods of time away from home. It won't happen for a while but still I can see it coming for them a lot clearer than I saw it for myself.
Once in a while I catch a glimpse in a picture or even the mirror of my very old self. I am trying to embrace the image. After all, like Christmas, it will come whether I am ready or not. I still like the way I look so that is good.
So the nest empties, a new nest fills and then empties as surely as the first did. I feel the sadness that the empty nest bring once again. But if just as it should be. The natural cycle of life continues for my lovely family.
I just wanted to celebrate for a moment. I went over 400,000 page views this week. Now, I know that those of you that are in the know are going to say that it is not really such a big deal. Only a tiny percent of those views translate into real readers. I don't care...400,000 just roll off my tongue so beautifully.
Have a wonderful day.