We are heading into new parenting territory, as we begin to enter into the “empty nest” stage.
I remember one summer about 17 years ago, watching a mother robin build her nest in our apple tree outside our living room window. She worked diligently to build her nest and lay her eggs. Once the babies hatched, she sat with them day and night, caring for them. One day, I watched her teach her babies how to fly and leave the nest. One by one, the babies teetered on the edge of the nest. The mother bird sat on a branch, encouraging them to fly. At first, they swooped low, almost hitting the ground, but soon, they found their wings and took off in flight. As I watched the mother’s love and attentiveness to her young, I felt touched by her efforts to raise her offspring, as I too worked day and night to feed and care for my little ones. I knew that one day, all too soon, I too would be the one encouraging my children to fly, to follow their calling in life, and to spread their wings. That time has come, as one by one, my children leave their mountainside home. This Christmas marked the beginning of a new era in our family~new traditions~new memories.
|Sharing Christmas Through Skype-Emily in the lower right corner.|