You only get 18 delicious summers with your kids.
This is one of your 18.
If that’s not perspective, I don’t know what is.
Just 18 summers. When it comes to our kids, that just doesn’t seem like enough does it? If your children are younger, then this perspective is free. A gift. Don’t squander it.
But if yours has just graduated high school, you have just one summer left. Sure, there will be other summers, and your young adult won’t stop being a part of your life, but take it from an empty nester… It changes.
I remember when mine graduated from high school, and had finally reached that time to head off on their own, my head was swimming in thoughts of, “have I taught them everything they’ll need to know?“ and, “ will they remember to check the tire pressure (maybe that’s just me?)”… and, “I hope I don’t run out of money before they’re finished with school!” The final summer before college or career seems like a very short time to prepare for such a momentous transition.
But tamp down that desire to spend these next few months, trying to cram in all of the things you might’ve neglected. This is your final summer before they become an adult! This is the time to have fun, to take time off and make precious memories.
Is it easy to let go? You already know that it isn’t. But I’ve always been encouraged to know that God knows each of us, including our children, intimately. Picture God speaking Psalm 139 directly to them!
O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.
You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD .
You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.
You may not hear this from your kids, at least not for a few years, but “Thank you.” For all that you’ve done… for all the sacrifice… for all the love that you’ve shown… Thank you.
Now, go enjoy the summer!!