While attending my step-daughters college graduation this past weekend I was struck with how time changes…. I may still feel 30 something, hmm! So often I hear, “when I was… or when we were…. we….” Times change, standards change. Our 20somethings are not as prepared to venture into the world as we were expected to be at 18. Our generation has worked so hard while our children were young that we often try to make up for the lack of time that can never be recovered. We often fall short when it comes to preparing our children or sharing our values, hopes and dreams on a day to day bases. Life is only the dash between 2 numbers… how do you want your children to remember your dash? Were you to busy to go for a teddy bear picnic, or and imaginary tea party with poo? Are they going to remember how much you worked rather than the moments you shared?
I have a 10 year old step-son that wasn’t thrilled with attending a college graduation. To make it fun we rented space at Great Wolf Lodge and invited all of our children to come and participate. Not only with the formal Graduation to mark this moment of time for Leslie, but they will all have a memory of family time even though most of them are now young adults venturing out into the world. As I grow older I often step back and reflect on how to continually connect with others across the generations. I am grateful for this weekend in which I could see that reflection in action.