When something happens that is both an ending and a beginning, I often have a whole range of responses. Celebrating is one of them, but it isn’t the only one. I am thrilled for my younger daughter who graduated from high school yesterday and is off to the college of her choice in two and a half months. But I’m also feeling a twinge of sadness. We will no longer be at the same school every day. For the last five years ,one or both of my girls and I have been at the same school (on different campuses much to their relief). I won’t have children at home for dinner every night or someone to call up the stairs to each morning just to be sure she heard her alarm. I won’t have Fall tennis matches, Winter choral concerts and Spring ceremonies to attend. And that makes me a little sad. But I also won’t have to grocery shop if I don’t feel like it, and there will be less laundry, and no waiting in line for the shower.
I’m choosing to focus more on the beginnings, and less on the endings here. I’ve decided it’s a bit like getting to the end of book one in a series. I’m a little sad I’ve finished the first one, but am looking forward to the next installment.
Celebrate this week here with Ruth Ayres.