Have you ever heard the saying “ it smells like rain?”
I always wondered what exactly “it” smells like? Those who say that they can smell the incoming rain usually state it with some confidence in their knowing.
Typically they don’t give a precise description of the smell of incoming rain except to say “yup! It sure smells like rain”
It would be nice if the storms of our lives came with warnings in the form of a fragrance or perhaps an alarm. This will help us prepare for the changes of new season in our lives.
Not every change of season is to be feared. Some changes of season are welcomed for the endings that they bring and the new beginnings they usher in.
In life, change is inevitable. A wise man once said that the only thing constant about life is change.
Nonetheless change can be hard. We are creatures of habit and we thrive on predictability.
While we are always undergoing changes , some changes of seasons are more impactful than others.
Going through changes in our lives and the lives of those we love can be OH So bitter sweet.
There are joys in the new seasons but there are also challenges and hardships with having to make ANY change.
As the fall winds begin to enter the Midwest American atmosphere, I too notice the changes in my own life.
I am watching my young children become teenagers who are now sparing with their hugs from time to time. Distant are the days of their toddler selves , physically clinging on to my arms ( and even legs) for security.
Their growth is beautiful to see, but they are also growing into their own independent lives.
In addition, I am also watching my dear parents, now grandparents beginning to age and need more care.
Spending the past week with my parents in New Orleans, was a stark reminder of these winds of change.
Is this what they mean by the “sandwich generation”?
I don’t know what the new season of life will bring however I am hopeful. Hopeful that I am equipped with all the grace I need to triumph through this season of change.
Gratefully, I don’t walk this path of change alone, and will not take for granted, the many loved ones I have , on this journey of life .
All of your support have been highlighting the blessings of God in this season of change.
As always, thank you for reading my blog and of course I welcome your comments and any shared experiences .
Have you had to care for your aging parents while raising your own children? Do you have any advice for managing these sandwich generation years?
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