Who would've imagined so many people live past the child rearing stage? That the world is full of folks who have shooed their children out of the nest and can still walk? But we find ourselves surrounded by them and it's nice.
This morning I was reading my annual summer book - "Gift from the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Yes, that book again. Love it not only as a reminder for living life in a more intentional way, but also for the lessons on the stages of life. This morning I reread the part about what happens after the kids and craziness of that stage of life is over. (last week I wrote about that stage in this blog http://kayshostak.blogspot.com/2010/05/life-in-oyster-shell.html ) She has so many wise and thoughtful things to say about how to be the best person, and consequently, the best couple during this stage of life. She compares it to a dance.
"We have moved through our day like dancers, not needing to touch more than lightly because we were instinctively moving to the same rhythm. A good relationship has a pattern like a dance and is built on some of the same rules. The partners do not need to hold on tightly, because they move confidently in the same pattern."
She points out that through life we should learn to appreciate all the stages -just as we appreciate the ebbing of the tide AND the returning of the pounding waves.
I'm so grateful for this stage of life and all those good people sharing this part of the journey with us. So very grateful, indeed.