Observations on mothering (or parenting if you prefer a gender neutral term!) from an old mom and some friends
I spent a thoughtful afternoon on Mothers' Day with some amazing local moms and I've compiled some observations about our daunting, glorious task. Being an older mom has it's advantages; more energy is probably not one of them! However, I have been around the block a few times, and I often take my camera with me on the journey. I hope you find these observations about mothering (parenting!) to be amusing and thought provoking. And possibly helpful! (The setting for all but one of the pictures is Hickory Lane, and many of them were taken on Mother's Day 2011.)
10. Never forget, your goal is an empty nest! You don't want to be finding worms and hauling poop forever; help your fledglings find their wings and soar! And as the Light has held and carried them, now they will bear the Light into their worlds! Launch them them with joy! (Charlie Brown was right all along. Good grief.)
11. Ten observations would have been more logical, but here is number 11 for those of you between the first picture and the last, between the earliest years and the empty nest... There will be storms; wild wind and dark clouds may flood your world, your home with a downpour of difficulties. In those times, I have found my best response is to sit tight and rest in the hand of the Storm Giver. I trust you to His unfailing care. -robin nest between two trees, flood water swirling all around their base.
I'm finding my way beyond the maze of the "middle" years