In a week, the last chick will have made the first leap out of the nest. He'll still have a few more milestones to cover before he takes off and soars in August, but the wings are strengthening and boy is the desire to leap ever so strong! I dont know whether to cover him with my wing or nudge him out with my beak. I guess it depends on the day. Today was a day I just wanted to cover him up and keep him in the nest, for just a little while longer.
Today, I also finished my first block of classes. They went very well and I know that I am on the right path. It keeps unfolding little by little. I sort of feel a little like the last chick - starting to see that someday I too may fly this particular nest of 24/7 motherhood. Its a little scary. As mom's we have put off, held back, stored in the closet, all the "selfish" dreams of our youth and now that there is the potential to have the time, effort and most importantly, the ENERGY to realize them, we're a little scared. Dreams are good - its the fruition of the dreams that takes some determination. I finally think I understand the old adage that "youth is wasted on the young" - its not necessarily the energy (or lack there of) - but the fearlessness. When you are young you are totally unaware of your fearlessness (it can easily evolve into recklessness - so be careful). A little older, a few life lessons and we hesitate. This time, there isnt a momma bird with a beak, poking over the edge, at least for most of us.
Today, I am grateful for my husband's nudge - its been a whole lot better than my mother's!