We do not gauge the value of the seasons by how quickly they progress from one to the next. Every season brings forth its bounty in its own time and our life is richer when we can take the time to savor the fruit of each.
So it is with the seasons of our children’s lives. With each passing year a different kind of care–now more holding, now more letting go.
Successes are replaced by tender insecurities, confidence turns to awkwardness, until new triumphs straighten the spine and fill the emerging soul with courage.
–Wayne Mueller in Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives