It’s that time of the year again – some might say it’s the most wonderful time of the year – when the kids are going off to college for the first time, or returning to school. Some houses will be quieter than they’ve been in many years. Still it’s better to be glad than sad, so here are a few wise and funny thoughts about child rearing and those people we call parents.
Recently I got to thinking about what I've learned during this first year of having no kids at home (on a regular basis that is) and how if they are no longer the center of my life, then who is? Now wait......
This posting is meant to be humorous, but all kidding aside, doesn't it sometimes seem like the most innocuous things conspire to keep us from doing our work or dare I say it fulfilling our destiny? Don't ask me, ask my oven.
Have you ever noticed the disconnect between how we see ourselves and how others see us? Have you ever wondered why that is? Maybe it's because we are each the hero of our own story, but only a minor character in the plot line some one else's life. Recently I got a glimpse of how I look to a 12 year old boy. And wow let me tell you that was weird. But also instructional. I got to take a look at myself in the mirror of Luke.
No, this is NOT an essay about Tiger Woods, though, true, he may soon find himself with his own version of an empty nest. But who knows? The advice given here might actually help him, and anyone else who find themselves feeling a bit out of control.
Going to college is easy, staying behind is hard, not just for parents. And sometimes going to college isn't so easy. But in the words of Bob Marley, "in this great future, you can't forget your past. So dry your tears I say."