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Topic: Bon Voyage (09/05/05)
TITLE: Welcome to the Journey of Life
By Julianne Jones
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The journey had begun! Bon Voyage!
We held our breath as he took his first steps, ready to jump up and catch him if he so much as looked like falling. Brimming with confidence he was ready to take on the world. We, on the other hand, were less confident. In just nine short months we had come to realize that we didn’t have all the answers. We weren’t ready for parenthood. We certainly didn’t know what we were doing.
The journey was still in its early stages. Bon Voyage!
We swallowed the tears and pasted smiles on our faces as we stood with him at the school gate. Uncertainty, withdrawal, and fear were etched on his face. We knew our own faces mirrored his. We were not ready for this. Five short years and we were about to be separated. We still had so much to learn.
We journeyed together. Bon Voyage!
The teen years arrived without warning but we held onto the belief that by now we must have learnt something. With fear and trembling we watched as he entered High School. We encouraged and supported him through the hard days, offered comfort when needed, praise when deserved. And prayed and hoped that we would survive.
The journey had turned a corner. Bon Voyage!
The time came for learning to drive. He was confident: we were over-protective. He got his license, then his first car. We were petrified: he was ecstatic. He was so sure that he was ready for this step. We knew otherwise.
The journey was frightening. Bon Voyage!
The years passed: girlfriends, exams, High School Graduation. Then it was time to spread his wings and fly. He chose to attend College three hours from home. He left, excited but unsure, ready to find his place in the world, promising to keep in touch. We prayed fervently.
The journey was his. Bon Voyage!
More time passed. He graduated. We learnt that we had never had any idea at all about what we were doing. He agreed. He became engaged and with the optimism of youth was so sure that he had all the answers: convinced that he would never make the same mistakes his parents had.
And so the journey continues. Bon Voyage!
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