If you are a blogger and haven't checked out SITS, it is a place of learning and support. You'll find ways to improve your blog and get more traffic and comments while supporting others at the same time. If you already are a SITS blogger then you may have stumbled over a "Pajama" post today.
Many SITS bloggers are active and amazing 'mommies', meaning they are in the time of life when little children take a lot of your time. They are balancing a lot and sharing their ups and downs, their joys and sorrows. They know the power of focusing their thoughts more on the joys.
I am a Boomer so often I don't relate to their daily patterns, except by thinking back to those lovely times. Now I am in a different, just as wonderful time, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. But back to the pajama post. A young mother posted a picture of her darling children in their matching winter PJs. Can hot chocolate and a story book be far behind?
What came up for me was my mother. She is 90 and currently snowed in at my house. Her sisters are 80, 83, and 88. Her brother is 92. They have their various challenges but work to maintain a high quality of life. All are amazingly healthy. This year three sisters spent Christmas morning together for the first time since they were children. My sister bought them all matching Christmas gowns! Their stockings included oranges, hard-to-find cluster raisins, and old fashioned candies...things they remember from childhood Christmases.
Both ends of the life span are wondrous. We tend to welcome the "front" end...of course we do. There is nothing, nothing, nothing like welcoming a new little life into your family and into this world. A blank slate full of possibilities awaits. On the other end of life, the slate is very full of memories and experiences that are just as precious and celebrated but maybe not lifted up as much as they warrant.
Here's to both ends of life and the glorious middle! Enjoy writing on your slate every day, whatever it brings. The best is yet to come!