Back to school season always stirs up the winds of change, and this year it seems to be even stronger. One child moves from half day K to all day 1st grade, another begins Middle School, and the third driver's ed. Milestones beginning for each of my babies.
This past year has definitely been a year of change as well. Of course my kids have grown up some, that is inevitable. But I think that they have also grown stronger. We were all forced to really look at ourselves, to see our lives through a different filter. We had to re-evaluate our roles and our relationships. We could break free of the patterns of the past and move forward without those shackles pulling us back.
I see so many changes in my girls. Bug has matured, has realized what so many people have been trying to tell her for so long. She is a beautiful girl, with so much potential. There is no need to be defensive, loud, brash, mean. There is no reason for anger, at yourself or others, any longer. It is time to close that chapter and walk into the bright sunlight. It is time to live a positive life, embracing the future and allowing the past to remain just that. I see a child that has turned into a beautiful and smart young lady, with a great future ahead of her.
At one time or another, my husband and I have discussed her future. We were both concerned with the rude awakening we saw heading her way. "Someday, someone is going to break through that barrier...I pray that it isn't a catastrophe." We talked, we shared, we prayed and we loved. Finally, some of that good has seeped through, and that barrier is safely falling away.
PB has really grown this year as well. The whines, the temper tantrums, they are still there, but I'm seeing them less often. I see a witty girl, who is sweet and caring, and it's reflected in the way other children want to be her friend. People flock to PB, they see her and smile and call her name.
Part of her charm is the way she completely lives in her own world. She doesn't worry so much about what others think...if she is happy, that's all that matters to her. She doesn't hear you when you say "that doesn't match," she puts it on and suddenly, it matches. She is one of the few people I have ever met that can pull off a polka dotted shirt and plaid shorts and make it look cute. For so many years, she has lived in the shadow of her sister. She has been the younger sister, always trying to do what Bug did, have what Bug had. No matter how many times and how many ways we tried to show them that life wasn't a competition between them, it was still there. But this year, she wasn't so much the little sister every day. She was the oldest. She was allowed a little more freedom, and a little more responsibility. There wasn't someone there to constantly compare herself to, and she blossomed. Now I see a more mature relationship, a sharing of common interests as well as a protectiveness of each other. There is still a competitive slant, but it is hushed now, toned down.
I hope this year has also taught my children how blessed our life is. We may not live in a mansion with maid service and butlers, but we have a good life. And even without the nice stuff, we have each other. I'm going to try and remember those blessings every day, and count them, and hold them tight to me.