New Beginnings in 2008

by Meryl Evans | Category: Leftovers, Meryl's Notes Blog 4 comments

Youngest Evans is on the inside looking outOne hour ago, I walked my youngest of three and his older brother to the school bus. They headed for their first day in kindergarten and fourth grade. While one kid went off to his first day of elementary school, the oldest headed to high school for volleyball practice and starting her first day of high school.

I sit here enjoying the silence not knowing what to do with myself though plenty of work waits for me. It’ll take a few days to return to the swing of things and follow a regular schedule. I can’t help but recall the the birth of my youngest and my excitement about the first day of third grade (I don’t know why I remember that particular year) that I took out my newest dress and shoes the night before.

Birth. Infant. Toddler. Pre-K. Man, I graduated high school 20 years ago this year! And here I am the mother of a freshman. I can’t be old enough for this can I? Where did the time go?

Despite new beginnings, I don’t feel different. Things just come and you go with the flow. But that’s not how it goes when I start working on the first assignment for a new client. That makes my stomach flip as I want to please the client. Be the more work I do for a client, the easier it becomes.

Evans boys walk to busThe 2008 Olympics end. I miss not having the TV on waiting for me to catch the next game, race, or performance. My sons took an interest in the games, which was nice as we all rooted for USA, of course. I remember watching the 1984 Olympics from a Texas A&M dorm while attending basketball camp. Hated to see them end last night with the final blow out, but all good things…

Joanna Young has a new beginning of her own. She moved to a new home and had to take a long break from blogging (10 days). We’re glad to have her back in our community and hope she enjoys her new home.

Any new beginnings in your life? How do they make you feel? How do you deal with them?

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  • Posted by Joanna Young on August 26th, 2008, 3:30 PM

    It’s strange watching our kids set out on things isn’t it? My son is starting out his third year at university this year. He’s 21: setting out on the adventure of life. It’s exciting to watch and be part of – yet I can’t help wondering where the years went too!

    Thanks for the good wishes as I set out on another part of my own journey


    Joanna Young’s last blog post… Freedom to Write – It Starts With You: Guest Post by Dawn Goldberg

  • Posted by Dawn Goldberg on August 26th, 2008, 8:38 PM

    Yeah, some new beginnings. Interesting how new beginnings come from endings. Even what seems traumatic at the time can lead to a fresh, new beginning that leads the way to an even better place.

    I’m finding myself in a position where I thought was secure and stable, and I’m not. So, I’m changing that – which means new beginnings. Rather than seeing my having to reopen my virtual assistance practice and dial Write Well U back a bit as negative, I’m seeing these as pathways to a future in which I’m wholly responsible for my own safety and stability.

    Sorry – maybe a little heavier than what you were going for. It (this particular new beginning) just happens to be in the exact here and now. 🙂

    On a different note, since you’re a Texas gal (and I grew up in the Dallas area, too), what high school did you go to? It seems as if we might be around the same age. 🙂 Is it too much to think that – gasp – we might have actually crossed paths? 🙂


    Dawn Goldberg’s last blog post… Freedom To Write – Guest Post Over at Confident Writing

  • Posted by Meryl on August 27th, 2008, 6:45 AM

    Dawn, that’s rough. I think most of us go through periods like that and they will pass. Hang in there — you have all of us supporting you.

    I went to Southwest High in Fort Worth. Graduated two decades ago this year (ack!) Where did you go?

  • Posted by Dawn Goldberg on August 27th, 2008, 7:23 AM

    I’m just one year behind you – at MacArthur High School in Irving. I ended up teaching at Austin Junior High in Irving after I graduated from SMU.

    And now I’m in Maryland. 🙂

    (Thanks for your encouragement. It will get better – it already is in some respects. I really appreciate my circle, including you.)


    Dawn Goldberg’s last blog post… Freedom To Write – Guest Post Over at Confident Writing

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