My husband and I took a relaxing, lovely drive today after dropping our teens off at work. We are entering the beginnings of a new season of life, within 2 years we could be empty nesters and it feels strange! We reflected on the past and wondered as so many parents do, where did the time go? Our children are letting go, becoming more independent.
It used to be that we needed to get a sitter for we just needed a night out from our dear little children that cried “Mommy” 200 plus times a day and begged Daddy to give them just one more piggy back ride or throw them in the air again! Now its “Oh, the kids have plans again, this house is too quiet!” The road of life just keeps twisting.
We enjoyed chatting as we drove, taking in the scenery and planning what we wanted to do for the next half of our life. We will always be parents, but it really does take on a new meaning the more independent your children get. We passed a lake where to our joy a group of ducks and swans were out swimming.
Life may be changing, but there is still so much beauty to be found in it!
No matter what, you just keep swimming, embracing the beauty, appreciating and loving the wonderful memories of the past and ready to keep making more in the future.