Monday my granddaughter started her first year of college at Lake Superior State in the Upper Peninsula. She won’t be home until Thanksgiving week. I’m missing her already but thankful she has this opportunity, this new adventure. My grandson started high school the same day. He is attending a local charter school and looking forward to his new adventures as well. He is captain of the JV soccer team and loving it. I am of course connected to both schools via Facebook.
I know you’ve heard this expression may times, but it’s true, they grow up so fast. One day you are playing games and make-believe with them on the living room floor and the next thing you know they are off to high school and college. Time doesn’t just fly, it flies when you aren’t looking.
As they get older it’s not unusual to find you are spending less time with them, so you have to make sure the times you do spend together are the best they can be, for them and for yourself. Doing things together that produce long-lasting memories. I’ve done my best to do just that and plan to keep working at it. For myself it’s taking them out to breakfast or lunch, movies, and attending events in which they participate. It’s amazing what is shared when we have face-to-face contact.
Young people face so much today that neither I nor their parents had to deal with. Rapidly changing technology, people tensions rising higher every day, world conditions more advanced, everything evolving to the extreme.
As the matriarch of the family I feel the weight of making sure the family stays in-tact and remains a unit, functioning as one, yet individually. My greatest ally in this effort is God and daily communication with Him, constantly bringing the needs of the everyone in the family to Him and leaving it with Him (not always an easy task).
“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. Remember we are not alone.
Keep winging life with me.