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Wednesday, September 23, 2009


As Summer slowly gives way to Autumn and the school buses arrive to take our children off to school, I can't help but to contemplate other changes in our lives. Changes that mark beginnings, ends, and new directions.

When you think about it, life is one continual path of change. Take, for instance, the phenomenal amount of changes that a baby endures in their first few months of life. They come into this world a wriggling, squalling little bundle, often with misshapen heads and strangely-colored skin from the trauma of being born and in those first months, their heads shift into more normal forms, they lose the newborn look, plump up on mother's milk - and start to teethe. Not to mention the rate of growth. It always astonishes me to contemplate how much children grow in their first years of life and that's just physically. What about emotionally? Intellectually? Do we really understand how wondrous it is that they go from drooling, incoherent gurglings to full-on speech in a two-year time period? And that, by the age of five, they are already in the mainstream of academia, filling their brains with all of these facts and figures that they couldn't possibly use in their lifetime.

Change is everywhere. Right outside my window, the leaves on the trees are starting to turn into an autumnal feast that tourists travel great distances to see - but all I have to do is open my curtains. By mid-October, all of the trees will look like they have been lit on fire for a brief, beautiful time before those leaves are set free on the wind, the trees stand stark against a gray sky, and the snow begins to blanket the earth in a frigid comforter. Ah, more change.

And then there are the changes that are more personal. Your oldest child going off to college. Your niece giving birth to her second child. Your sister celebrating a milestone birthday. Life is change. What changes are you facing as we enter the first week of Autumn? Please share, I'd love to hear your stories. ~ Margay

6 Moonbeams (comments):

Molly Daniels said...

Hmmm...what am I facing? Spouse laid off from work. Senior in HS facing Sr. Pics, SAT's, college apps, financial aid, finishing Eagle Scout rank, and graduation. Other two kids doing well in school. As for me, waiting for word of MS acceptance/rejection.

Yes, stress factor is a bit high around here...

Anonymous said...

My sweet little baby boy has entered school this year. That is pre-school. He's 3 next month and I can't believe it !

Margay Leah Justice said...

Wow, Molly, you've got a lot on your plate this year! That was me last year. This year, my daughter is in her first year of college, so I'm dealing with a lot of other changes now. So weird here without her, but we talk and text a lot.

Margay Leah Justice said...

Emmanuelle, I still remember when my girls went off to school for the first time. They were all excited and it was like, "Okay, Mom, see you later. Bye!" and I just stood there trying not to cry as my babies took their first steps to growing up. And here I am, all these milestones later, still getting all teary when they venture forth into the world while they're like, "Yup, see you later, Mom." It is a bittersweet feeling, but I would never hold them back from their lives.

Sheila Deeth said...

Youngest child gone of to final year of college? I feel old.

Margay Leah Justice said...

Sheila, you're only as old as you allow yourself to feel.