Birth – 2 years = unknown chaos
2 years – 18 years = dark ages
College years = free at last, party time
Career launch/marriage = pseudo adulthood…bad decisions, hard work, insanity
Baby/divorce = variable sunshine with severe thunderstorms
Marriage/twins = feet to the fire
Doctorate = life holocaust
Post-doctorate – rising from the ashes
The next chapter is starting to unfold. The empty nest is coming in August. Retirement and career change are in the works (dates unknown). I want to believe things will be fabulous. It just can’t be that after all that has happened, my life is meant to circle the drain and disappear unceremoniously. Maybe it can be, but I won’t consider it.
How does a person ever make sense of it all? It seems as though I’ve blundered through life with no cares and no plans for the future, but that is not true. The truth is…I never expected to see the future. My focus was on today, mostly.
My life has given me two surprises. One is that I’m still alive after all these years. I never expected to live this long. The other is that all my children are so amazing and talented. How is it that an average, nobody sort of person can have children like mine? My grandmother used to say that acorns don’t fall far from the tree, but she was wrong in this case. The mighty oak may have dropped her acorns down around her roots, but something else grew up from them - something better and much more exotic. It is good, and I am grateful.