It is in the air... I sense autumn's closeness. Sunday afternoon, as I sat at the laptop writing an e-mail to my daughter, I noticed movement outside the lace curtains. The wind had blown a few colored leaves from the black walnut tree, whose branches take up part of my view. Times goes quite fast these days, before I know it the tree will be ablaze with color.
I say that during a week it is hotter than blue blazes again with heat advisories already in place. But heat in August is much like snow in early March... you know the seasons are with you and it can't last forever.
Another change this week... a big one in our household... we, who were once four... and then three... will become two. Christopher will be moving to campus this weekend and although he won't be far away, I know everything changes. I've been through this before when my college senior moved to her own apartment just a few miles "down the road". Even if they return home to live, it is not the same.
As the old WWII saying goes, "Once they've seen Paris it's hard to keep them down on the farm". Of course, the University is not Paris but it is... freedom. No Mom and Dad there when they arrive home each night. Sigh... it is time but it also signifies the end... the end of children (young or older) in our day-to-day existence.
It is also the DAY for which all the others have been forming, when we have been helping them grow roots.
When did the days become months which became years which became decades... when?
What was I doing?
Did I know in my heart that I would blink and all the years of children at home would be gone... in what seems like a moment?
Did I teach them what was important about life... about God... about the Golden Rule... about literature and art and music and the Bible and how people are more important than things... that Star Trek the Next Generation was better than the original no matter what their fathers says?
A lifetime is not made in years but in each moment lived... baby kisses to toddler hugs to preschool picture books to picnics in the park to watching swimming practice and fencing classes to Dad teaching them how to drive to...
... receiving their wings. :)