Second Movement: The Mother Bird

The second movement is usually slow and lyrical, with a lilting, songlike theme. No battle-of-the-sexes melody thing goes on here, and the structure can be looser than in the first movement. Sit back and drink it in.

Note from The Fast Forward Blog: For Mother’s Day, I always feature a guest writer.  In keeping with the theme of the symphony.  The solo performance is from my mother, Debra. 

This past December, I turned 60 years old. A milestone birthday, turning 60 came with many thoughts and emotions. The one thing emerged in my realization was I that was going to be an empty nester. My youngest daughter, Alexandra, turned 18 this past November and will be graduating from high school next week.

I have looked back and wondered where did the years ago??? Wow, I have three adult children!!!

My first thought was, “Whew….I’m done.” I felt this sadness wondering with my next thought, “What do I do now???” Why do women like me sometimes feel sadness?  I’ve been a mother since I was 24 years old, and for 37 of those years I was completely responsible for someone else. Their food, clothing, shelter, etc., etc. etc….

A few days went by, and then much to my surprise it hit me….I can do whatever I want when I want. This can be a whole new journey for me. It’s a bit strange because I never really gave much thought to living in my own. I always had someone who needed me to be Mom.

For the first time in 37 years, I’m living completely on my own.

I just moved into my own one bedroom apartment. It’s exciting but also came with lots of anxiety over little things. “What do I buy in the grocery store for one person?” Not asking anyone “What do you want eat?” Talking on the phone to friends without having to leave the room. I’m learning to embrace my new season in life.

It’s a different kind of freedom than what you experience in your 20 & 30’s. You’re experienced in life. You know who you are and you’re not looking for anyone’s approval. You’re okay with being still and just enjoying all the wonderful quiet moments in your life. I’m really digging the empty nest scene.

God has brought me a long way in this life.  Many a road I have traveled, with lots of twists and turns. Now, I am here….and I know that God is with me. So, I’m going to take this journey and enjoy, learn and continue to grow. There’s a lot more life for me to live as an empty nester!!!

I’ll keep you posted.


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