Alex, my 21 year old daughter is a senior in college. She has been interviewing for jobs since classes began in the fall. All of the dire economic news and job losses have taken their toll on Alex and her friends. They are worried and anxious about their futures. They have done their best to prepare and that may not be enough. Our young people are being asked to grow up quickly as their time to leave the safety of their nests and prepare to fly on their own rapidly approaches. We do our best as parents and then we have to let the fragile little birdies go out to test their own wings.
Alex accepted a job offer with the company of her choice. She was asked to choose between San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Atlanta for her home base. She chose Chicago and is making plans to get an apartment in the City after she graduates in May. My first little birdie is ready to leave the nest. Where did the time go?
As a bird soars high
In the free holding of the wind,
Clear of the certainty of ground,
Opening the imagination of wings
Into the grace of emptiness
To fulfill new voyagings,
May your life awaken
To the call of its freedom. John O'Donohue