Wednesday, May 02, 2012
1) Having teenagers. Now at last I understand why my friends with teenagers always have a "running between appointments" look to them, and why they were always so busy, no matter what time of the year or day of the week it was. I have joined the treadmill: my third daughter becomes a teen this month. And our teens are not overly scheduled, nor are they involved in any activities besides school -- but yet, they are older, and managing their schedules and emotions takes time -- time previously spent gazing at an infant sleeping or watching toddlers discover their fingers. Now my time with my children is spent not watching but talking -- teaching, arguing, discovering, or just having a conversation. My life is less silent. For now.
2) Needing to work. Alas, my professional duties continue to intrude onto my life and the computer has become a taskmaster. How can I complain? I do work I love, I work with people I love, and I feel my work is both useful and necessary, but yet, it takes time. And the screen preoccupies me more than my teenagers, sad to say.
So this summer I hope to find my way back home, somehow. Today I put my teen son's laptop by the window to work, with a pot of tea cozied beside it. I tried to look out the window at the games goint on outside, and to take time to watch my children who are growing up so fast. I hope to journal again, and seek out the moments of beauty to share. Thank you for faithfully reading. Let us continue to pray for one another.