A few weeks ago we were cat sitting for my sister. Her cats love an occasional (supervised) outdoor adventure. The older cat goes to one corner of the yard and watches the fence. No doubt terrorising the local mice. The younger cat wanders everywhere. It’s fun to watch her. I’m always wondering what she is spying.
As any parent who’s child is heading off to their next (first??) big adventure knows, it is a mix of emotions. Our daughter is heading off to university next Fall. She has selected a field that has a vast amount of possibilities and an exciting future… computer science. We are so fortunate to live in a country; a province that has such excellent universities for her field.
While she has 90% decided which university will be lucky enough to have her, the final decision hasn’t been set in motion yet.
I’m optimistic about our future because of the wonderful education she can have. But for today.. her choice is before her and her family, her friends, are beside her.
This is one of ‘those’ summers for my son. It’s a transition time; the time between elementary school and high school. With it comes the swirl of excitement, nervousness and all the other mysterious things that go through a teenage boys head.
He’s always wanted to be “big” and he’s always wanted to be independent. Giving him the room to do that has always been my challenge. I’m thinking about all that when he bounds out the door to go with his friends to an amusement park. His friend knocked at the door and he was out of here. Didn’t even look back to wave at me.
Which is where my thoughts are now… I’m remembering how the first day of junior kindergarten (4 yrs old) he didn’t look back. And I know he’ll do the same for the first day of high school. He won’t look back. He dives into a new adventure feet first.
I’m grateful for his spirit, for his confidence. I’m happy that he’s excited to jump in to new things. I worry. I worry too much which is why I’m so grateful that he didn’t pick that up from me.
I had to put in a quote from one of my favourite books this week because it relates to what Colline is grateful for this week.
I’d love to hear about your week! What are you grateful for this week?
“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness — just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, Writings to Young Women from Laura Ingalls Wilder – Volume One: On Wisdom and Virtues