Quote of the Day: “Time makes you bolder, children get older, I’m getting older, too.” ~ Stevie Nicks
I’m feeling nostalgic today as I turn a year older and the small child graduates from Third Grade. They say that your past comes back to you as your child journeys forward. Perhaps it is because we feel so intrinsically close to our children, that we not only want to share our joys with them; but, also share our pain and hardships in order to protect and guide them.
As much as I try not to do it; it is very hard not to compare our lives; the similarities and the differences. It was 1972 when I graduated from Third Grade. My parents split that year and we shuttled between Germany, Cleveland and Ohio. I was a straight “A” student (tickets to the Big Red Machine to prove it:), the best speller in the Mrs. McConnaughey and Ward’s class and the most terrified child on the planet. It wasn’t easy trying to figure things out when you are eight going on nine years old.
As I look at my beautiful child and reflect on her Third Grade year I feel a sense of relief and gratitude. Relief that history did not repeat itself. Gratitude that I was able, for my family’s sake, to remain an optimist about love and life. And a certain feeling of honor and ownership that I am able to share with her knowledge about worlds that are not so perfect.
I always accused my Mama as looking at life through rose colored glasses. Thank you, Mama, for leaving those glasses on the nightstand for me. I promise I will leave them behind for the small child; however, I think she was born wearing a pair of her own 🙂
On June 8, 1963, Herta Renges Craft gave birth to the last of her six children. Thank you, Mama, for the gift of life, the gift of contentment and 48 happy birthdays!! xoxo!!