Well, here we are, five months into the year 2017. We have had time to say good-bye to the former and welcome the recently-elected President of the United States. I won't ask how that's going for you, because unless you're directly involved in the District of Columbia (DC) lifestyle, probably not a whole lot has changed for us in the realm of politics. Besides that, it's not polite to ask about one's political view unless you like picking fight, starting arguments or ending friendships.
We've had time to celebrate the season of Easter with all its beginnings of ashes of Ash Wednesday to services of darkness and services of light to the celebration of Resurrection morning - and perhaps a rabbit or two, but I think that's another story and another trail.
And now, we're getting ready to move our children through the next step of their education. Let's hear it for the four-year-olds who will be graduating from Preschool in May. Wow! Where did the time go since that child was just a wee one, too young to be walking about, still so dependent on you, to where he or she is now - getting a cap and gown to wear!
Then a week after the special program and graduation service, the same kids can come back and attend Summer Kamp where they'll have their friends with whom to explore, discover, enjoy and share all the fun things of summer. Maybe some will learn to swim without "water wings," maybe some will catch their first fish, ride their first horse, pet their first goat, meet their new cousin or sibling, learn to whistle and snap their fingers. The list is as long or as short as we parents want to make it, depending on our supply of energy!
Before these little gifts grow too much more (and you continue to ponder the mystery of time gone by), remember that now is the time to train them up in the way they are to go - with God as their Leader - so that when they find
themselves out in the world and mostly on their own, they have a foundation that is solid beneath their feet, reliable when we can't be there for them, and a refuge in their time of need.
And as you are training them up, remember that they learn a lot from watching you - maybe more than you know or thought possible - until you hear them say or do something that - "Oh, my goodness! That sounds exactly like me!"
And guess what? That's when you realize you've met another milestone in your life!
Happy Mother's Day this month, Moms!