Monday Reflection of Mother Goose

With the beginning of the school year upon us, Mother Goose hearkens back to days gone by. Often she contemplates the history of her children, their plans, her dreams for them and where they are today. Mother Goose just LOVES doing compare and contrast studies, even on her offspring.

I bring to you today, a document that Mother Goose has kept posted on the refrigerator or washing machine for the past ten years. I created it ten years ago in order to imagine where all of my goslings will be in the “next ten years”. The time has come to compare and contrast — plans, dreams and reality.

Crumpled plans…

When I made the chart, oldest daughter Jessi was in high school and the baby, AnnaRose, was not yet a year old. I listed out the grades that each of the kids would be in for that year and for the next nine years to come. This became a very handy tool when somebody would ask me, “Mother Goose, what grade will I be in when Adam and Erik are in 8th grade?” or “Mom, when Jessi is in college, where will I be?”

Everything went according to the plan until the school year 2005-2006 when Jessi didn’t go to college. Well, she went to college for a little while. We drove her to upstate New York and left her at a Bible College, but that didn’t work out. She soon returned on a train after spending the semester in the Dean’s office…

So then she was not in college until 2008, but I didn’t bother to change the chart because it was so charming to see how it was all working out.

Then the plans for Adam and Erik were all fine until the year 2010 – 2011 when they should have been Juniors in college. They decided to work for awhile and then they joined the U.S. Navy. And by then their older sister WAS in college, but not working. Fortunately the younger siblings have all stayed on track so far. They have been going to their correct grades and following the plans of their Mother Goose.

It seems that the children follow the plan very well until they reach the end of high school! And then they begin to make changes to reflect on their own hopes and dreams. Imagine that!

At some point, the offspring of Mother Goose become independent thinkers. For that, I am most grateful. I reach my wing around and pat myself on the back for raising these children to think for themselves. I am singing for joy, and honking in merriment that this bit of family history has been preserved for the generations to come.

Do you see the far right column where it says that the three older goslings would be working? Yes, they are working out just fine. Jessi is working and applying to a Masters Degree program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Erik and Adam are working for Uncle Sam as “nukes” in the greatest Navy in the world.

Here’s a proverb that seems to apply today:

“In her heart a goose plans the course of her goslings, but the Lord determines their steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (paraphrased…)

Love, Mother Goose

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bunn
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 14:41:58

    It’s nice everything is almost going as planned!

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    • Natalie
      Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:15:32

      I think the kids are making really good post-high school decisions! Perhaps I just assumed they’d make “regular” and “normal” plans, but apparently they are doing better than that!

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  2. Dianna
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 19:50:39

    I just love this! What a family treasure – too bad you don’t have a copy to give each of your goslings!

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    • Natalie
      Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:16:37

      Oh I could give them all a copy, and then they’d lose it or just crumple it up and I’d pick it up off the floor and throw it away. It’s better to remain digital at this point in their lives…

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  3. Three Well Beings
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 00:49:08

    Oh that independence! It can be hard to get used to it, but then when we do, we celebrate! I love that you even made a list! They are all doing great as I see it! Debra

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    • Natalie
      Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:18:47

      Thank you Debra for the words of encouragement ALWAYS! I guess the name for the birds who are leaving the nest is “fledgling” — how wonderful that they are!

      Reply

  4. yearstricken
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 12:42:29

    I’m sure your heart is full. What a lovely bunch of goslings.

    Reply

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