“Don’t go chasing’ waterfalls. Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to.”


Motherhood: the biggest heart warming blessing of one’s life, ever! And, heartache extraordinaire. What’s the saying? Having a child is like having your heart living outside your body. Or, if you have been given the gift of loving and supervising boys, one might say their heart is not just living outside their body, but running across the highway-frogger-style, leaping off balconies (without looking) and diving head first into murky rocky waters.

Today I leave a 19 year old and a 20 year old. I know I am not alone; this is a week of letting go, after several unexpected months of squeezing these young people in tight. Back to school; back to their lives, Covid-style: uncertainty, masks and all.

Thankful for the time together- challenges, chores, communion, celebration, frustration, illness, recovery and all. Today, for me, is a day of gratitude, appreciation, sentimentality, love, sadness, and the reminder that these little pieces of my heart have journeys of their own to embark on.

Much learned from these young people who blessed us with their messy lives for an unlikely 5 month sabbatical.

Happy trails. Be safe. Stay the course.

(And please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to!)

listen here if link doesn’t work. moving music:

Don’t go chasing waterfalls by Bette Midler.