This summer brought the passing of a season that I was not looking forward to relinquishing. The season of active motherhood, homeschooling, and enjoying the final period of having our 3 boys living at home. One by one they flew... Z into marriage and now fatherhood, stayed close to the 'nest', thankfully! His dear wife and 2 darling girls are a rich joy to us. Then J left for Bible College in Portland OR, and will be wed next month, remaining in Portland (for now). 2 weeks ago we put our 'baby' on an airplane to the other side of the continent where he is attending a small private University in big, secular, New York City. Phew! That is a lot for this 'defined by raising boys' mama. Thankfully it was a slowly emptying nest, but this last little fellow left with a flourish and a finality that has us proud of his courage, but feeling the sting of a very empty and quiet house. All told this season of having then raising our sons lasted from 1981 to 2011... 30 years. We'll always be parents, I'll always be a mother, but from here on out, it will be different. I mourn and I rejoice.
So I welcome this new season, like it or not. I'm determined to 'like' it as much as possible. Ha ha. My husband and I are feeling a new sense of oneness as we still have each other and are looking forward to doing some things that we've always hoped, but never been able to take the time to do. I think both of us are a little excited about being able to focus on one another and reconnect to our 'couple-hood'. This is good, and as it should be.
I'm teaching small art classes to homeschool kids to help contribute to the family budget. I've been a stay at home mom for the majority of the past 30 years, so even though the classes are in my home, I feel like I'm entering the working world again! Planning, teaching, and organizing these classes is time consuming on the front end, but it's good for me to be busy. I hope to have more time to spend nurturing my own artistic endeavors and to hike and exercise more.
So this is how a new season begins. Here is a quick sketch I did recently in a free booklet I found at the Asian Market. The book is on Buddhism, but I just like how it looks as a background for my doodles. It suits my title for this entry... The Two of Us.