Baby. Incredibly fast learning and growing.
Toddler and preschool. Discovery that there is a physical world.
Elementary. Discovery of self in that world.
Middle school. Loss of self as the world gets bigger and more metaphysical.
High school. Rebuilding self in expanding circle.
Young adult. Connecting with the world as it really is.
Adult. Parent. It repeats.
Parenting babies. Fast learning and growing as a parent.
Parenting toddlers and preschoolers. Physical and fundamental teaching and parenting.
Elementary. Intensely guiding your children the best you can.
Middle school. Starting to let the kids make their own choices.
High school. Take a back seat role of support.
Young adult. Letting your children go.
And rediscover yourself again and again, the self that exists after parenting expanding you to something different.
We move from stage to stage, bored and busy, loud and quiet, tired and energetic, connected and lost.
Grandparent. Great-grandparent. It repeats.
In circles, one things remain: we must choose.