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Amid the Storms

I feel like I'm standing in the eye of a storm.  

As you grow older with your cohort of friends, you find that life events come in waves.  For a while, in the years after college, everyone was falling in love and getting married; in the year of our wedding, Nancy and I must have attended at least a dozen other weddings.  Then, a few years later, all of us started families.  Baby showers and birth announcements, brises and christenings.  And not long after, many of us began to lose our parents; sad, yes, but also to be expected.

We've reached a new phase now; this one's darker, harder to accept.  All around us, it seems, couples are splitting up, and people our age are getting sick with the types of diseases that only older people are supposed to get.  It seems that now we're older people.  And I feel like I should just keep my head down and hope that the gods take no notice of my family and me.  Is it tempting fate to acknowledge how fortunate we've been?  Just typing the words, I feel compelled to knock three times on my wood desk.

Within just a few years, Nancy and I, along with so many of our college and grad school friends will have kids going off to college.  Not long after that, those children will begin to marry and start families of their own.  Rites of passage; blessings to be celebrated.  But right now, at midlife, I feel like we're just trying to weather the storms that rage all around us.

It's grey outside, and turning colder.  And today I'm sad for my friends who are suffering.

Today's music:  Steve Earle (Train a Comin')

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rosy_cotton
Dec. 13th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
I suppose that the day was rather sad in all the corners of the world...
Good people like you don't deserve any bad events in their life... still, sometimes they happen. Seek help from your family and friends when you feel bad - and everything will be alright)
Kesia (if you remember, from Russia, so forgive me my mistakes)
davidbcoe
Dec. 14th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words, Kesia.
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davidbcoe
Dec. 14th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
Yeah, "Enjoy life while you can," "Tell the people you love how you feel," "Hug your kids." Cliches all. But they're cliches for a reason.
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