Thursday, July 28, 2011

Safe Haven

For many years now we've had more than one teenager in our family. Today, as Claire celebrates her 20th birthday, we only have one.

I've been thinking a lot about adolescence lately, its pains and its challenges mostly, its crabwise path — often sideways rather than straight up or down. The circuitous road to freedom and responsibility.

I've read enough history to know that Western adolescence is a relatively new creation. Kids used to grow up a lot faster behind a plow or on a factory floor. A common metaphor for young adulthood now, of course, is a launching pad. A place where our young ones perch lightly on their way out of the nest.

Look closely at this photo and you'll see the egret on the deer's back. An unlikely pair — as unlikely perhaps as middle-aged parents and their teenage offspring. But the deer offers her back as solace, as resting place, as safe haven. Stay here a bit until you're ready to fly farther. You know you're safe here. We have your back — and you have ours.


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