I wrote this for a friend when children were off to primary school. Her youngest was graduating from high school. Delivered it with a bag of chocolate kisses!
To Betty L. © 84-5-21 Molly Lin Dutina
Suddenly, this phase is over
And the time we said we were
Looking forward to has come to call.
Oh, of course, “I expected it’s coming
And I vaguely made plans for the day
I could idle in my fancy.
But all that was with a change of pace in mind
And now it is here.
We’re much the same, you know,
At this form-in-the-road time of life
Here we waited, planned and sort of hoped
Now it’s here …
Oh, but where did the other go?
I had ideas what it would be like,
But this is unexpected:
You greeting men you knew as children,
I seeing children I knew as babies.
Who are they now?
Suddenly all is changed.
I was more flexible then.
Not with a vain fancy over
I was just thinner then.
We looked to this time
…during car pools and
… over dirty diapers and
sloppy food messes.
Now it’s here.
I guess as always, we shall lean on the Word
“Stand at the crossroads and ask for the
Ancient paths, where the good way is,
and walk in it and find rest for our
souls.” Jeremiah 6:16
For our flesh has always failed us
And He alone knows our needs and
Supplies our peace and rest.
which cannot be held
and digested but seems to be
tasted before it touches the lips; so,
the past and the future have a way of
mingling and yet remaining distinct.
It seems impossible
That we may know so many varying experiences
To such intensity in a relatively short span
Of time with the same people.
Lord, we thank You for the richness
Of our lives. Please forgive us our
You have promised a future ever-brighter,
So, we yield ourselves again to the light of Your Son.
2 thoughts on “This Phase is Over”
Oh, yes, the bitter-sweetness of letting our fledglings fly the nest!
But we never forget the taste of chocolate…the phase is over, but not gone from our hearts….
Thanks for sharing the feelings!