Today Is My Birthday
Today is my birthday. There is no need to share how many years it has been, although I do like to say its not the number that counts, but how you live those years. Needless to say I’ve been around the block a few times and have experienced a lot, a few changes in direction, a few crossroads and a few u-turns.
I’m at one of those crossroads, one that eighteen years ago I would have never expected. It was the beginning of a new century, my youngest child was due to graduate from high school and my husband and I were inches away from empty nest syndrome. We were ready to start traveling and enjoying life without young children in tow. Anyway, a couple things happened before my daughter could graduate. In 2001 I had another child, a daughter; a gift from God. Then in 2002 my older daughter dropped out of high school, months away from graduating and had my first granddaughter in 2003. No empty nest for us and one of those changes in direction. But this post isn’t about what happened eighteen years ago. Instead it is about, how like the ripples when you throw a stone into a pond those events have affected my current situation.
I am once again at that place where my youngest is due to graduate from high school and start on the next phase of her life, God-willing college. The chances of her actions being a repeat of her sister’s are slim, so I am faced with moving onto a new phase in my life and I’m scared.
My husband and I celebrated forty years of marriage this past July and for all but one of those years I spent raising children. I did take eight years and go back to school for a degree, and I worked outside the home for a few years, but my family has always been my main focus.
So here I am, not sure what I am going to do once she graduates and starts college. I’m feeling a little lost and waiting for a new door to open. As I embark on this new year, I do it with trepidation and excitement while I anticipate all the new things that await me.
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