“A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.” Carl Sandburg
Yesterday, we celebrated a brand new baby coming to our community! Additionally, I was surrounded by a roomful of nursing mothers. At one point, I saw at least five blankets over arms with babies blissfully drinking in Mom’s milk.
Ironically, I was staying late at school to celebrate both this baby arrival and the early graduation celebrations for my soon to be graduating girls. My— but how time flies.
How does it feel to be an “oldie” glancing in at the baby stage and the graduating stage?
It is good to be reminded of this life stage. I’ve not been around so many babies in years. Even though these ladies have play groups daily, I’m not a part of this circle of young energy. My life stage has changed almost without my being aware of it. To make matters worse, I’d developed a cold and didn’t feel I should pick up any of these adorable little creatures! There I stood in a candy store with no money to purchase anything!
It is good to revisit this old stage. Though I don’t belong there anymore, it was fun to listen to young mothers share how they are coping with all of life’s demands. Frankly, the raising of small children points to one of the most difficult but rewarding life stages. I was reminded of the tiring nights and days of caring for little ones. I fondly remembered my children and the demands and needs we met for them.
It is good to step out and return to our own life stage. As great as it was to celebrate, I stepped out of the party with a smile. I returned to see my girls and their friends making gifts for other graduating students. Truthfully, they don’t think they need me anymore. We have taught them to be independent, and independent they are. In a short few years, they’ll be back to sing our praises when they raise their own babies.
To this stage of life, I am grateful. Two of the most miraculous things to observe are the coming of new life and the watching of wise young adults making good decisions. I am proud to have taken part in both of these events.
Still, I’ll be needing a baby fix from time to time.