As the view changes through my window with the seasons, I am reminded how life changes seasons.
Once upon a time, there was a young mum with two small girls. They started on an exciting homeschooling journey and learned many lovely things through unit studies, play, reading many wonderful books together, taking long walks out in the country and getting messy hands in a myriad of fun hands-on activities.
Now one of those small girls is about to embark on a new college adventure and the homeschool shifts into a new season,a season with just one student. Our days look different now, not only because it's just the two of us, but because the path this young lady wants to follow is different to the one her sister wanted to follow. This young lady has hopes and dreams of attending a university. That means we have lots of hoops to jump through, expectations to meet and certificates that 'prove' she is educated to attain.
It's true - it was so much simpler when they were small. It was easy to keep them safe and tell them what it was they were to do, wear, eat, go. Sometimes this 'grown-up' world can be scary. But most of the time it is exciting! New dreams to be lived, to experiences to be had, new people to meet and a way to forge in the world.
It is easy to slip into a melancholy way of thinking as our children fledge the nest, but as a good friend reminded me, these are exciting years full of promise and opportunity. I am not loosing my children, instead I am gaining two wonderful young adult daughters who are well adjusted, happy, content and ready to face the world with confidence.
I have said many times before how much I appreciate the uniqueness of each season, the same can (and should) be said of living. Our season of raising little ones is over, we are coming to the end of rearing teens (two years that I will savor), in a few years our chicks will have fledged, then it's time for husband and wife once again to live their own dreams. Their together dreams. The ones that they spoke of on their wedding day. Some goals achieved, more to reach for.
Such is the circle of life...