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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Beginnings and Endings

I was standing in line at Target (buying printer ink, of course) last night, behind a young mother and her 5 yr old son buying school supplies for his first day of school. I couldn't help overhearing all the excited chatter and it just hit me. My son is leaving. And I just started boo-hooing right there in line. The checker (a mom, of course) said she would always remember the moment--one starting school, one leaving home and the emotions of the 2 moms in different phases of life...

It's so hard to let them go. I remember my son's first day of Kindergarten like it was yesterday. I cried then, too....

Treasure your children. The time that we have them under our wings of protection is short. But like a mama bird, I know that they have to leave the nest and learn to fly. My firstborn's time has come. The first flight is scary. Mistakes will be made--he might even fall once or twice. But, soon, I'll watch him soar.

12 comments:

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh Karen, what a beautiful post!! I have been so depressed since August first because summer is ending and I will now have three of my boys in school all day, every day. My little Dylan is starting Kindergarten. I always cry and worry all day long. And I know I will be a mess when they leave home too!

Hugs to you Karen. I will bet thinking of you and your family :)

Amy

Sweet Necessi-Teas said...

Thanks, Amy. I appreciate the kind words. I will keep you in my prayers, too. Hugs to you, too.

Miss Rhea said...

I know exactly how you feel. My 22 year old is moving out in three weeks. I am sure I will be a tearful mess. You have just been given a Nice Matters Award ! Come look, and pass it on ! *smiles*

Trisha said...

Karen, you have been tagged with the "Nice Matters" award. Check my blog to find out more!

xoxo
Trisha
my2roses

Sharon said...

Karen I love your story about letting go from a tender Mother's heart....my son is 40 now and I can tell you when your children hurt you will too no matter how old they are.

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Karen! Please read my blog, I have left you something :)

Amy

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Yes, it goes by too quickly. Treasure each moment indeed....

(( ))

My Pink Boutique said...

Oh Karen....life's transitions can suddenly hit like a ton of bricks. Rest easy in that you've taught your son well and that all of your prayers are heard and His Word always accomplishes that for which it was sent.

Hugs,
Kimberly

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Karen ~ Ohhhh I love your post ~ I can't even take myself back to my girls in kindergarten ~ I think I will loose it if I think too hard ~ Lots of hugs and prayers !!

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Karen - thinking about you today while you get your son settled at school! It must be such a hard thing to do! Let us know how it went.

Tara said...

What a sweet post Karen. I can't imagine the day when my little ones fly the coop. Your post made me treasure this time all the more (even when they are driving me crazy!)

KJ said...

I started crying just reading your post. My daughter is 20 and attending college near us. It would be very hard to have her away from me. She just went to Colorado for about 10 days and I missed her the entire time! My boys are still young, so I have time before those tears have to spill!

Thanks for your photos and transparency. I will be praying for this new season of exiting and entering!

kj