Early this morning, while I was getting ready to teach my first online classes of the day, I heard the geese returning. This happens every year, so it has become a bit of a ritual to listen for the return of the geese. There is a lovely little pond across the road from our house with a beautiful covered bridge across the narrows where we watch the sunset every evening. In the winter the sun slides down behind the horizon in shades of frosty pinks and grays. But in the spring there is a burst of bright orange and red, shining through the trees across the pond, dappled by the shadows of the newly budded leaves. And then the geese arrive.
The land in groups on the edge of the pond, making a mess to be sure, but they most of them travel on to their final destination. The ones that stay, begin to set up housekeeping where they will raise their babies, make more messes all over the grass around the pond, and then – again – in the autumn they will all head south for the winter. It is the cycle of the seasons, the routines of life, that capture my imagination this morning.
For some reason, today this little life cycle scenario, simply brought to my heart and mind by the sound of the geese returning, the realities of each of our lives. It seems like just a day or two ago that our girls were babies, and then toddlers, and then in elementary school . . . and now they are both in high school. Of course, I will admit, I’m glad that our kiddos don’t stay teenagers forever (!), but I know that we will all survive the daily and momentary “emergencies,” and “crises” that pop up in our daily lives. But thinking about those tiny goslings toddling along behind the mama goose made me realize, again, just how fleeting our days, weeks, months, and ever years really are.
Another event that jogged my memory was a FB post the other day by one of the moms from an eBay group where years ago we all would stitch up our most creative, flouncy, ruffly, and adorable outfits for our little ones. That was really a LOT of fun! But over time, eBay gave way to Etsy for many of us, and some of us moved on to other projects, and we kind of lost touch with one another. But the memories remain.
When I came across the post where some of the moms were sharing “then” and “now” pictures, I found that I wanted to go back and look at the pictures of some of those days . . . revisit the time when my girls were little and they would wear anything I put on them. And contrast that with more recent images of “dressing up” for a special occasion. It was fun to see how my girls have grown up to be beautiful young women – and it was fun to remember all the craziness of the days when mamas*little*treasures and the beautiful designs I created were such an important part of our days.
The geese and my girls . . . . all part of the cycle of life. Kind of like the song from “The Lion King,” it really is a circle of life, love, growth, change, and the knowledge that this is exactly the way God has planned it. Our children grow up and move on to their own goals and dreams, just like those goslings who today are toddling around behind their mama at the edge of the pond. One day they will fly away. I’m trying to give them brave wings for the journey.
Well, enough of my philosophical wanderings for now! Come on along and join us for the Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party today – really, you will have lots of fun meeting other bloggers and you just might make some new friends along the way. I know I have connected with some amazing women across the miles through our blogging parties. Hope to see you there!
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