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Monday, December 23, 2013

#0616 The Torch is passed

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# 0616 Peace and Blessings Every Day
The Torch is passed

The Torch is passed.

Is there a magic cutoff period when offspring become accountable
for their own actions?

Is there a wonderful moment when parents can become detached
spectators in the lives of their children and shrug,
"It's their life," and feel nothing?

When I was in my twenties:
I stood in a hospital corridor waiting for doctors to put a few
stitches in my son's head. I asked, "When do you stop
worrying?"  The nurse said, "When they get out of the accident

My mother just smiled faintly and said nothing.

When I was in my thirties:
I sat on a little chair in a classroom and heard how one of my
children talked incessantly, disrupted the class, and was headed
for a career making license plates. As if to read my mind,
a teacher said, "Don't worry, they all go through this stage and
then you can sit back, relax and enjoy them."

My mother just smiled faintly and said nothing.

When I was in my forties:
I spent a lifetime waiting for the phone to ring, the cars to
come home, the front door to open. A friend said, "They're
trying to find themselves. Don't worry in a few years, you can
stop worrying. They'll be adults."

My mother just smiled faintly and said nothing.

By the time I was 50:
I was sick & tired of being vulnerable. I was still worrying
over my children, but there was a new wrinkle--there was nothing
I could do about it.

My mother just smiled faintly and said nothing.

I continued to anguish over their failures, be tormented by
their frustrations and absorbed in their disappointments. My
friends said that when my kids got married I could stop worrying
and lead my own life. I wanted to believe that, but I was
haunted by my mother's wan smile and her occasional, "You look
pale. Are you all right?  Call me the minute you get home.
Are you depressed about something?"

Can it be that parents are sentenced to a lifetime of worry?
Is concern for one another handed down like a torch to blaze the
trail of human frailties and the fears of the unknown?

Is concern a curse or is it a virtue that elevates us to the
highest form of life?

One of my children became quite irritable recently, saying to
me, "Where were you?  I've been calling for 3 days, and no one
answered. I was worried."

I smiled a wide smile. The torch has been passed.

~Author Unknown~

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