Mixed Feelings… personal

Often, getting older can be viewed with a mixed feeling of excitement and dismay. For the younger person, they feel that they are getting closer to independence while the older person sometimes wishes time could slow down a notch.Birthday_cake[1]

Having two of my favourite men (husband and one of my boys) celebrate their birthdays this week is a lot to be thankful for, asides from all the sweet consumptions that accompanies birthday celebrations, I am reminded of the countless blessings that my life has been decorated with. We are well. We have shelter and food. We have hope. We have a bright future. That is more than enough.

My son is fast galloping into a grown man and these days when I look at his tall, 6ft plus big frame, I remember my cute, itty-bitty baby boy with a head full of hair and shiny eyes. A boy who clung to me as a lifeline and laughed at my little jokes and play with him. Now he has his own ideas and jokes, independent in many ways and we are going through teenage ups and downs which I must confess baffles me at times.

Sometimes, the song “wish we could turn back time to the good old days,” hums in my head but I realize also that I wouldn’t have it any different than I do right now. Would I want my child to remain forever a child and not grow older? NO! This is the cycle of life and I am grateful to be a partaker as well as the parent of this beautiful child.

There are times I ask myself where time ran off to when I look at my darling Himself and realize that we’ve been married now for two months shy of 16 years and I realize that I’ve been awesomely blessed even when I didn’t know it. We are all aging with grace and maturing like fine wine and I am thankful ๐Ÿ™‚

ยฉ Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

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41 thoughts on “Mixed Feelings… personal

      1. I think it is a matter of honestly acting your age…rejoicing what you have learned and knowing that you are moving into a new part of your life. If you are still chasing some of the same things you did in your 20s….when you are 40 or older…you have to move on. Hopefully you can take things into perspective.

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      2. Yes, we can’t return to youth with all our knowledge…if someone would devise a way….we may have more unexpected problems as we get older but we must embrace them to move on. Best wishes.

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  1. congratulations on 16 years of married bliss and happy birthday to your son and hubby. It’s wonderful to read about a happy family. These days I hear so much woe from my married friends. It restores my hope in the institution ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Even when your son is fully mature you will still enjoy watching him grow as a person and pass through the stages of life. The role of parenting changes but the relationship (with love and commitment) lasts a lifetime.

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  3. Remembering the past is good – it helps one to realise how blessed a person is. The years pass quickly, don’t they? I certainly feel it when I look at my baby girls all grown up in the form of teenagers.

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  4. Wow, I have 12 years to catch up with you, haaaaaa. I pray that just like you, I will look back and say, Ebenezer, thus far He has brought us

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