I was once like you are now
And I know that it’s not easy
To be calm when you’ve found
Something going on
But take your time, think a lot
Think of everything you’ve got
For you will still be here tomorrow
But your dreams may not~ Cat Stevens, 1970
I have three older children. One is a freelance writer. I know more about why dogs chase their tails and how to choose the right asphalt than I really needed to. Fortunately, I love to learn and each one of the topics sends me down another road. The chances of boredom in this field is pretty slim.
Child number two is almost through the 1 year probation for his job. He’s come so far in that year. Not only did he start as the pandemic hit, he had to work from home starting with day one. This job gives him many opportunities to excel and enjoy. The first major project assigned to him is almost to fruition. One day soon, I hope he can get out and meet people instead of just going from home to work and back again.
Child number three opted to become a zookeeper. That’s all I know. A year ago, she cut me out of her life. We used to go on trips together, concerts, etc. If it sounded good, we went. I guess I was trying to make up for not being able-bodied for the last two years she was home before college. I’ll never know. I received one email telling me to leave her alone. That missive arrived the night before I had a major surgery.
So, this is the divorce. Her pictures are on the wall because I can’t bring myself to put them away. I’ve sent the final note that she’s always welcome, but I have to move on. I catch her out of the corner of me eye sometimes. Her voice comes back on snowy days. I hope she’s happy and healthy. I hope her dreams come true. Just like most parents, I hope she finds her happiness. I wish you peace, love, and hope as you navigate the waters of life.
Don’t take anything for granted. Last year proved that the human race is far from being in the driver’s seat. I always thought my little family would be around to share traditions and start new ones. We never know what is around the corner waiting for us.Stay the course even if it hurts.