Like a brilliant sunset, it’s here and then gone.
As fleet as a bird on the wing…
Passing as unnoticed as the morning dew…
…even as it goes speeding down the track of no return.
Like a river, it flows, with its twists and turns, its highs and lows.
But mostly highs.
But it’s just as they say.
…and tides wait for no one.
Childhood, theirs–not ours–slips away like water through our fingers.
Or a kite caught up in a strong wind.
As warm and wonderful as a hug, but just as fleeting.
Suddenly they’re all grown up; intelligent, creative, compassionate human beings, ready to make their contributions to the world. Which is the whole point, isn’t it?
Their childhood is a gift…
…we gave to each other.
It has its season, and then it’s gone…
Off they go to seek their fortunes.
Dang! And just when they learned how to cook!
But here’s something they won’t know until they have children of their own. Long after our kids are parents, long after they’ve gone gray, long after they are elderly orphans…they will still be our babies.
Neither time nor tides can ever change that.
All words and images copyright 2013 Naomi Baltuck
NAOMI BALTUCK ~ is a Contributing Editor and Resident Storyteller here at Bardo. She is a world-traveler and an award-winning writer, photographer, and story-teller whose works of fiction and nonfiction are available through Amazon HERE. Naomi presents her wonderful photo-stories – always interesting and rich with meaning and humor – at Writing Between the Lines, Life from the Writer’s POV. She also conducts workshops such as Peace Porridge (multicultural stories to promote cooperation, goodwill, and peaceful coexistence), Whispers in the Graveyard (a spellbinding array of haunting and mysterious stories), Tandem Tales, Traveling Light Around the World, and others. For more on her programs visit Naomi Baltuck.com
10 thoughts on “THE EMPTY NEST PART I: You Can’t Change That”
Lovely words and pics… and grand children grow up even faster!!!!
Blessed marriage; blessed kids; proud mum of beautiful teenagers.
Thank you, Paula.
O Jamie this is so lovely, many blessings.
Oh, Mei! I wish I could take credit for this; but, this is Naomi’s. You would love her blog. Check it out.
Just a beautiful post…the warmth and love flow from it.
Just a wonderful picture/word story. Yes….life is fleeting and it seems that we never enjoy it fully. Being present would be the answer. My season for enjoying my small children is long gone and I am happy to see that they have grown into wonderful adults and parents. I was blessed to have them in my life.
Naomi: As they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” And these pictures, along with words that capture the essence of being, are a thousand times as powerful. Thank you!