I found this in my Facebook memories this morning, as one of those back-to-school musings from years ago. They struck me again as words to remember, and rather than reshare there, I thought I'd memorialize it over here on the blog, with a note about how poignant these words are to me, still.
"Life seems to flood by, taking our loves quickly in its flow. In the
growth of children, in the aging of beloved parents, time’s chart is
magnified, shown in its particularity, focused, so that with each
celebration of maturity there is also a pang of loss.
This is our human
problem, one common to parents, sons and daughters, too--how to let go
while holding tight, how to simultaneously cherish the closeness and
intricacy of the bond while at the same time letting out the raveling
string, the red yarn that ties our hearts."
-Louise Erdrich, The Blue