Countdown to …? I’m counting down till I get on a plane and fly to a warmer climate for Christmas and nine days of holiday. That would be exciting any time, but most special now because I’m spending my holiday with one of my daughters. It’s a gift from the girls together, very precious to me, yet bittersweet as this is the first Christmas in my 24 years as a mother that I will not be with BOTH of my daughters for Christmas.
This is about change, about letting go, about growing up and growing older, ideally growing wiser. It’s about accepting life as it is, expressed so beautifully in The Serenity Prayer, about putting those we love into the loving arms of Jesus and leaving them there; it’s about trust – the opposite of worry. It’s about what is today called the Empty Nest Syndrome – I wonder if my grandmother, raising her ten children here at Her Father’s Homestead thought about an empty nest? I’m reasonably certain she wouldn’t have identified it as a “syndrome” of any sort, but part of the the circle of life, if anything.
The three of us together on my birthday eight months ago
There’s a lot of food for thought or food for writing in that brief paragraph above and we’ll be delving into those subjects as we count down the days. For today, look at a favorite photo or two, remember the happy time and smile a thankful prayer for the memories. Are we not uniquely and wonderfully created? à plus tard …….