Change is in the air and I’m not just talking about the seasons. School is back in session and for many, myself included, that means transitioning to a new day-to-day schedule, and running a tighter ship to make it all happen. Today, our first day back, has been quiet, though honestly my full plate of work and our five month golden retriever have kept me more focused than wistful.
But I’m also thinking about all those parents out there who just recently sent a child off to college. I’m still nine years away from going through it with my own, but oh my, how fast the first nine have gone! Halfway there. I can literally make myself cry just thinking ahead to the day. And this Washington Post article, though beautifully written, didn’t help!
As Michael Gerson states, “That moment at the dorm is implied at the kindergarten door, at the gates of summer camp, at every ritual of parting and independence. But it comes as surprising as a thief, taking what you value most.”
So if you’re going through this major life change, hang in there. And pat yourself on the back for a job well done. It will get better. And if you’re still fortunate enough to have a little (or big) whirlwind come home each day, hug them, whether they welcome it or not.
“The days pass uncounted, until they end.” It’s time to take notice and savor what is fleetingly yours.
(image courtesy Ritzy Bee Blog)