Sunday, May 15, 2011
The End of an Era
And with that pivotal moment in her life --- my career as "mom" will come to an end. Oh, I realize that I will always be a mother, but the job description will definitely change. I will no longer be responsible for my children's well-being and teaching them to become independent; they have already grown up and become fine upstanding citizens who can make it just fine on their own. I will be trading in my role as disciplinarian for that of friend. And while I am very much looking forward to this new relationship, it is rather sad that my lifelong dream of becoming a "mommy" is now over.
I look back over these past twenty-five years and truly wonder where the time went. I remember when my oldest was three months old and I as I looked out our bay window in New York City and I saw a young toddler riding a tricycle I wondered aloud, Will she ever get that old? Will she ever be able to walk on her own and express her feelings in some other way than crying in the middle of the night? And here Megan is today waking up in the middle of the night with her own little girl. As I was raising my children, the days often seemed to drag, but somehow the years have passed much too quickly.
So tonight signals the end of an era. The end to a great run as parents to three amazing children. And now as we close the chapter on this particular book of life, I look forward to seeing what other adventure stories lie ahead.