Friday, September 3, 2010
Aprons are not as common as they were in the mid 1900's but they are still very useful for...
protecting one's clothes, drying one's hands and attaching one's children!
No doubt you've heard the expression, "Cut the apron strings" which refers to releasing one's offspring into society...to sink or swim, falter or fly. What a hard thing to do!
As more of my friends lament their children's departure for college, and others prepare for weddings and the birth of grandchildren, I'm keenly aware of the "letting go" process. In fact, since the month of September marks the beginning of school in many places, with a multitude of kids going off to kindergarten or freshman year, shouldn't we recognize the grieving Moms left behind?
Maybe we could proclaim a national holiday sponsored by the Kleenex Corporation to honor those struggling to "cut their children loose." How about a "Good Job! Mom" Holiday filled with roses and balloons and CHOCOLATE. Are you with me?
My two children are only 20 months apart in age, so when my daughter was driving and working at a fast food restaurant, my son was right behind her. He even landed a job at the same restaurant and many evenings they would be working the same shift. Often, my husband and I went for ice cream so that we could sit and "watch" our kids! Pretty pathetic ...and fattening! I think the rest of the staff got a kick out of us, though we may have embarrassed our children a bit (not intentionally mind you).
When I was struggling with my emptying nest, a dear friend who was many years my senior sent me the following. It really helped me and maybe it will help you or someone you know.
Questions To Grow On ~
by Janet Hitchman
Where have you felt the touch of the Lord the strongest?
In the protected harbor, or on the open sea?
Does the soft breeze challenge you to grow?
Or the storm that blows you from the security of home?
Is it time to let the young eagle fly, so it can strengthen it's wings?
Or continue to carry it on your back?
Interesting how the Lord uses the trials and traumas in our lives
to draw us closer to HIM!
His desire is to use us for His Glory...
And the Giants of the faith are those who go through the crucible of fire.
He is always with us and will never forsake us!
Praise to His Glorious Name!
As a Mom, my job is to raise my children to love and trust their Heavenly Father.
Then comes the day when they need to walk with Him apart from my steadying
hand and tethering apron strings. Just as the umbilical cord was cut at birth, so I have to release my grown children to their own lives. Not an easy task, but so fulfilling with the right perspective.
It's not that we stop dancing with our kids, it's just that the tempo and footwork change!
I'm still learning this new dance, how about you?