Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Nothing makes parents reflect on days gone by quite like the start of a new school year.
Last week children, including my three, returned to schools across the nation.
My friend Sherri, whom I haven't seen in 20 years, posted a photo of her 13-year-old daughter on her first day of school, online. That young eighth grader reminded me much of two 14-year-old girls laughing in Sunday school and frolicking on the lawn at Mt. Shasta First Baptist Church all those years ago.
The young lady in the photo struck me because she looks so much like her mother when we became tight-knit friends, bonded by blue jawbreakers and green M&M's we purchased from the little store across the street from our church each Sunday.
Sherri tells me her 13-year-old daughter is talented in gymnastics, youth group and choir. Sherri was a very talented vocalist and showed great confidence when we performed musicals in youth group. So, her daughter, seems as if she is just like the young girl I admired.
I thought to myself, and said to Sherri, "It is so hard to believe our two oldest children are only a year younger than we were..."
It saddens me that I haven't seen my dear friend for so many years. We don't get to share our experiences with motherhood in person.
It is for this reason I feel blessed God gave someone the creativity and technological know-how to develop social networking.
In spite of the lack of having the opportunity to share church services together, laughing about the antics of our teens and their younger siblings, we have the wonderful opportunity to share photographs and experiences as mothers via the internet.
The internet provides us the opportunity to continue that friendship God provided us two decades past.