What You Wouldn’t Believe Even if “They” Told You

At every life stage there are others a season ahead of you who could tell you the truth about “that which you are about to enter.”  But if they did, you wouldn’t believe them.

Before preschool, would you have believed that your mother really was going to remember to come pick you up?

Before kindergarten, would you have believed how strong the smell of the throw-up removal product would be?

Before elementary school, would you have believed that some kids will be picked to be safety patrols and you might not be one of them?

Before middle school, would you have believed how many times you were going to hear Stairway to Heaven at “make-out parties” (assuming you were born around 1960 as I was)?

Before high school, would you have believed that what you did on the first day (and every day after) would go on your permanent record and determine your future trajectory?  Or so they said.

Before college, would you have believed that you weren’t the only smart kid/yearbook editor/most likely to succeed arriving on campus?

Before graduation, would you have believed that you would have many careers and not just the one that you imagined?

Before marriage, would you have believed that you would receive that many toasters or that you could wake up that many mornings with the same person (equally hard to believe!)?

Before children, would you have believed that you and your spouse would find trips to Ikea to be satisfactory, even thrilling, dates?

Before middle-age, would you have believed that your children were not all going to be on the travel soccer team and go to Harvard?  And that that would be okay, even preferable.

Before your own parents died, would you have believed that you didn’t yet think of yourself as a real grown-up?

Before retirement, would you have believed that you would have been able to buy your own gold watch long ago and that the cookies at the retirement party would be bought and not homemade?

Before the nursing home, would you have believed that you don’t recognize the face in the mirror?

Before death, would you have believed that this is only a shadow of what is to come?

It’s hard to believe!

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~ by Cary on August 5, 2008.

One Response to “What You Wouldn’t Believe Even if “They” Told You”

  1. Love your blog girlfriend! What else is up?
    My fall is looking really nebulous…… faith needed as usual!

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