I am a team writer for the MOB Society (Mother of Boys Society) website, and today I am sharing a post over there. I think it is a timely topic for back-to-school/changing seasons and all of that, so I decided to share the opening here. If you are interested, you can click over to finish reading it at the MOB site! (Google doesn’t like it when we share full posts in more than one place. picky picky…)
I’m also interested to hear if a few of you relate to my (kinda nutty) relationship with that thing called CHANGE…
–Here’s the post:
Whenever I face change, I think of the old willow tree.
The big weeping willow that sat on the edge of the bay in front of my childhood home was where I would go to sort through my feelings, and maybe shed some private tears. It’s actually a bit funny because I was not very emotional as a kid. Being raised with only brothers, I was a tough little tomboy, but change did something to me. Whether it was the changing of seasons, or the changing of friends…a new school year, or an old crush…change of almost any kind would bring on a stirring in my soul. And there you could find me, under the old willow tree.
Now that I’m all grown up, and living thousands of miles from that old willow tree, I still have a funny relationship with change. Here in Hawaii, I no longer experience the falling leaves or any obvious signs of changing seasons, but I do find myself extra thoughtful as we end a school year, head into the holidays, or wrap up summer and look ahead to what’s next.
I still believe that taking some time to reflect on the old and ponder the new is healthy and good. I also think our kids are more affected by change than we often realize, so it’s wise to talk to them about it, and give them some space to process change as well.
Hop over the the MOB Society to read a couple tips for processing change, and helping your kids do the same! (Comment over there to say hi as well, k?)
Much aloha and see you back here soon!
PS Speaking of change…If change is coming to your home in the form of puberty, click here to read last fall’s post about “What to expect.” 🙂 (it’s gonna be ok. really!)