There are many changes going on in our lives this year.
You might recall from recent news that Michael’s mommy has a new job at a brand new hospital right near by. Gone are the days of getting up in the wee small hours to see her off. Gone is the huge long commute. And at least for the summer, she’s home for dinner every night.
And there are big changes where I work, and while I can’t really talk about them too much, I will definitely say they are very much unwelcome changes: fundamental environmental changes that have not been felt in this company since its founding. Changes that have left my co-workers and myself scratching our heads and wondering.
One of Michael’s sisters graduated from high school the other day. She’s 18 and carries the official stamp of adult validation, the brand of the education system, the certificate of childhood conclusion. Which means she’s not around the house much these days, except when she needs to do laundry or take a shower or fix her hair or ask for money or feed her boyfriend.
Our oldest daughter has a full-time job and a diploma, and only occasionally makes a visit. Michael’s next-older sister just finisher her junior year of high school, and has ambitions for college life after next year.
And poor Michael, the last, lone child in the house, facing a long and unstructured summer break, is stuck with two parents who are still reeling from the changes to home and work, trying to keep up with the rest of us as we adapt our lives to the changes swirling around us.
Change is good. It stirs up the soul and tests the mettle.
But even so, it will be very nice when everything settles again.