Change is the only constant in life. If one is caught unprepared when the wind of change hits, life can take a unwanted turn. It is always better to expect change even though it may not always be possible to prepare for it.
Such was my case when I first moved to US. Life suddenly took a sharp turn from a comfortable working life back in India to life of a graduate student in US and unexpected blessings of being a parent. From those days of constant struggle, life had taken many turns. Today we are faced with another change, another turn in life. After long years of parenting three kids through elementary, middle, high school and college, in couple of days we will face the new challenge of being empty nesters. My youngest son and daughter is leaving home for their universities. Though they will surely be visiting during breaks, based on the experience with our eldest son, life is not going to be the same. All these years of gentle nudging, shouting, outright threatening, bribing and ultimately giving up in despair is about to be over. In a few days the house will be silent. I think I am afraid of that silence. But is there any point resisting the wind of change? Better to accept and embrace and move forward.
On a positive side, from next week I may have some more time at my disposal to write. I am hoping the wind of change will be positive for all of us. With that hope, my choice for the word starting with “W” for my poem for week thirty three of my fifty two weeks journey with the letter “W” is wind of change .