Monday, April 5, 2010
The end of an era
Sometimes a seemingly innocent event can cause an emotional reaction. For years we have had a trampoline set up in our yard. Our youngest daughter paid for half and we paid for half. Lots of kids enjoyed jumping on it. The birds liked the net as a landing post. The cats liked it too. But now that our youngest is away at college we agreed to give the tramp away to someone who could appreciate it.
I work with Charles and Jordan. Charles, on the right, has four young children. In case you aren't aware of it, therapists and social workers don't make a lot of money. He and his family were very excited to get a FREE tramp, even if it was used. Jordan said his kids were waiting at Charles' house every bit as excited to jump on it too.
On a very cold and windy Friday they came to take it away.
Lulu had to check out what was happening.
Now there is a blank spot in our yard and it actually looks much nicer, but it made me realize again that my children are growing up into young adults. They are trying to find their way in the world and figure out what to do with their expanding future.
We can't slow the process down and it's what we want as parents, to raise independent people who can take care of themselves. It's a challenge to let them go even when it's the right time. It's another part of the cycle in the spiral of life. I still can't help feeling a little sad that it's the end of another era, even if it's the beginning of another one.
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