- A local high school friend got married and is expecting her first child
- A friend in the UK became a grandmother for the 2nd time
- A friend in New Orleans became a great-grandfather for the 1st time
- Other friends are like myself, preparing for the flexibility of a new life with adult children
With the reach of social media sites like Facebook, I occasionally will see a picture of someone from my past. It's often jarring. The way I remember someone is not the way they look years after they were in my life. Important life stages came and went and when I see them again they go from past to future in the blink of an eye. In many ways reaching different stages at different times than your friends can be a wonderful blessing...you can share parenting tips, new career expectations, assist with life changing events such as divorce or a move. At other times it is emotional. Holding a friend's new baby knowing that the next baby in my life will likely be my first grandchild. Or seeing someone who didn't have a stage such as parenthood or marriage either by choice or circumstance and knowing that everyone has a different path to travel. Whatever stages my friends and I are in, it's a heck of a lot of fun to be involved in life as it flies by.