Wednesday, August 17, 2016
366 Project - Day 230 - "Abstract (Catching Spills)"
August 17, 2016 - "Abstract (Catching Spills)"
A very large part of life as a parent is spent learning to catch spills before they reach the edge and pour over onto the floor.
At first this is a very easy thing to do. The spills tend to be things like "juice" or "Cheerios". During those years you become so used to it that you pretty much have a towel with you at all times.
As the time passes the spills you need to catch become a bit tougher. They start resulting in things like scraped knees and elbows... and lumps on foreheads.
Years go by and the spills become larger and deeper and harder to keep under control. Emotional spills... bullying... friendships that go sour... relationships that end.
Eventually you realize that eighteen years have passed, and "catching the spills" isn't really your job anymore. Yet you find yourself still standing there, holding a towel... "just in case".
Then you recognize that the towel is now meant to catch your own spills... the spills that come with the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another. So you bring the towel up to your cheek and do what you do best - you catch the spills.
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