Our immediate family gathered around a seaside table enjoying good food, beautiful sunshine and each other’s company. It was an ordinary, but special moment to treasure. Everyone was doing well, hopeful for their future, generous and kind with each other. I smiled inside – I felt proud of our young adult children - and revelled in their current satisfaction with life, as mothers do.
It was special because it is so rarely this way. Usually someone is going through a rough patch or the harmony between us is not so strong. Life is like that, a constant series of ups and downs. What we do with this rhythm is so important. We have tried to help our children be resilient, to accept what life throws at them and learn from it, integrating that wisdom into their lives for the future. I saw a heartening glimpse of that reality on this occasion.
One ‘child’ enquired what aspirations I had for them as they grew up. Whereas my expectations have adjusted over time, the basics remain consistent:
The articles here are currently written by Liam McKenna, Lane Cove Community Chaplain.