I woke up this early morning wondering what I was going to be when I grew up. As usual, I put on my walking shoes, grabbed my nano and started listening. This interview with Sylvia spoke directly to me and will set the tone for my new life with adult children. I'm sure the other folks on the bike path wondered what I what I was smiling about.
I am a 53 year old mother, wife and homemaker with a part time "paycheck" job. My husband and I just returned from Chicago where our youngest child graduated from college. Like Sylvia, my greatest work has been to be a part of raising two kind, loving and open mined people. I share this accomplishment with my lovely "co-parent" husband, the Unitarian Church and the community of family and friends here.
Thank you Krista for always seeming to know what I am needing...your podcasts have helped me during many joyful times and a few very hard times.
Several years ago I had my mother home with Hospice. We helped her live the last few months of her life in her home surrounded by her children and grand children. I would walk out every morning and just try to take a BREATH. On one of those first walks, I listened to your interview with Thich Nhat Hanh. That was the moment when I could really help her die and not let my grief get in the way.
The interview with Sylvia has had a similar life changing effect on my path going forward. I still plan on taking this opportunity to have a mini mid-life crises, but now I can do it with a bit more grace.
The story about getting the phone call and knowing something is wrong is such a universal parental experience. My son was arrested last year (he and a friend had climbed a building on campus to look at the full moon). When he called the next morning I could tell from the tone in his voice something was up. My first and only question to my children during those calls is "Is your body broken in any way?" They have both expressed gratitude for the non-hysterical way my husband and I react.
You and your show are a blessing,
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