Thursday, June 22, 2017
My youngest middle child graduated high school last week. It was the most perfect day. Work slowed down the weeks leading up to the event allowing me to take time off, the day was a bright beautiful and warm sunny day. The stadium was huge and the vibe was a very, very light, excited and happy one. We picked her out easily among the almost 900 children graduating. I watched her sitting there, looking so grown up. Sitting like a lady ready to receive her reward for many years of very hard work, she was. I was so proud of her. I was so proud of them all.
Now, tomorrow, the baby daughter is going to be promoted from middle to high school and sometimes I swear my eyes must be deceiving me. She’s as tall as me now and is so excited to get to it. Wow, there are just so many transitions going on in my life right now. I’ve heard from my oldest middle child recently. He’s got a good job and is helping his dad with the mortgage, I hear. So, so, so proud am I. My oldest is finishing up a certificate program in college and they’re all, every one of my children, looking forward to studying this, doing that, traveling and experiencing life. Where did the time go? Whatever will I do with the time that I have now? We just keep moving through time. I'll keep moving through time.
Child rearing now almost complete, I look ahead and see a whole new world and it is so different from when I was young. It is always like that, isn’t it? How many times have we heard our parents say, “The world is a lot different now than when I was young?” I’m feeling a bit older, a bit wiser and yet so very curious. There is that feeling of, “Okay, now what?” I’m not sure I’m so eager to know. Time, as we experience here on Earth is linear. But I seem to be experiencing and re-experiencing so many times of my life all at once lately…yesterday…today…years ago. I suppose it is normal to be in this space and time of my life feeling just exactly as I’m feeling.
I guess in a way, I’m being promoted too. I’m graduating from one part of my life to the next. No longer will I be the mommy person in my home with little one’s tugging at my pant legs for “uppies,” or picking those darned Capri Sun straw wrappers off of my shoes before I leave for work. I look ahead and wonder what it might be like to experience a room I cleaned 15 minutes before, still clean just as I left it. Ha ha ha who am I kidding, 2 are still living at home full time. A mother can dream, right?
I’m so grateful today, for this moment, for the lives of each one of my children and for the time that I’ve spent from the first moment I saw them. I’m grateful to be a mom and I’m grateful that as we move through time, I get to re-experience being just a woman again as far as the day-to-day goes. My children’s lives will be so full, I’m sure of it. I look forward to hearing of each new discovery as I give them more and more room to spread their wings and learn the beautiful act of flight. I suppose my job will never truly ever be done but I’m glad for each stage and each new discovery that I make too. We’ve come a long way over time and now I hope it, time… stretches out and reaches to ever more beautiful places for us all to see and experience as we live and breathe. I send blessings to you all for each of your own promotion and graduation experiences. Celebrate them with gratitude and great wonder for what has been and what may yet come. Be fully present as you move through time. May your God or Goddess bless you fully each step of the way as well. Never lose that wonder. Keep the faith in you. I do!
©2017 Jaie Hart (photo/words)