My son is poised on the edge of leaving home for real. He will graduate from college this Spring, and has a great job waiting for him. I asked him to clean out his bedroom before he moved to his apartment this fall, so it could be used as a guest room. I meant, just to get all the stuff off the floor and off the surfaces, but he accomplished a major purge, including the last of his childhood books. He put them in the hallway, for me to give away. Any locals looking for great junior high/ high school reading for their children? We have purged books many times in his almost 22 years, so only the most recent are still in residence.
I thought words from a favorite book might provide great inspiration, so I googled quotes from Children's books and happened on this article. The first quote was from Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree".
"I wish that I could give you something... but I have nothing left. I am an old stump. I am sorry..."
Goodness!!! That was just how I felt! He doesn't need me anymore. Anything he wants, he can get for himself. I don't see myself as an old stump... although I can appreciate how some parents might feel entirely drained by their children. The quote continued...
"I don't need very much now," said the boy, "just a quiet place to sit and rest. I am very tired." "Well," said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could. "well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting. Come boy, sit down. Sit down and rest." And the boy did. And the tree was happy."
I got a copy of the book from the library, and although apparently it is a very controversial book, I loved it. I am made very happy by my sons simple presence in my life, and I am not an old stump. I can still make apples! Or at least, beaded apple necklaces. I decided it was my perfectly timely, favorite children's book, and walked to an ancient neighborhood apple tree to do some research.
And then I made a pair of earrings, while I was cleaning up.