For parents, there is that inevitable time when the kids leave home, whether for college, university, or a job. The transition back to “just the parents” at home can be stressful for some and a relief for others.
Depending on the kid’s plans, they can be at home for 17 years (or in some cases, much longer)! Throughout that time, parents go through many the stages of child raising… smiling, crying, watching them grow, watching them learn, teaching them right from wrong, going from starting Kindergarten to graduating high school. All with many ups and downs along the way.
Then after graduating high school, many of the kid’s friends are now going off to another town or city to take the next step in their lives. For the kids, it’s usually, but not always, a joyous time, they are moving out on their own - freedom!!
For some parents this can be a difficult time in having their kids now out on their own. Are they going to be OK? Some dwell on this, while others simply hope that they will grow and become responsible adults. For many parents, we call this the “empty nest” syndrome. That feeling of emptiness, with no more cooking for more than two people… a quiet house, rather than a noisy one. To not be able to comfort them with a hug or a talk, can become over-powering. Some parents can come to grips with the fact that their kids are out and on their own - while others find it very difficult. Personally, I feel that it is a part of growing older, it’s going to happen and it is best to come to terms with it - and take it all in stride. If they have learned right from wrong, how to respect people, and that nothing is just given to you… you have to earn it, then I think things will be fine.
Besides, there are always grandchildren!!
Massie’s work is a reflection of his mixed Inuit, Métis and Scottish heritage. In it, he investigates both traditional and contemporary themes. He has achieved renown for his innovative teapots that combine themes and symbols from his native Inuit culture with European traditions. Massie has been twice short-listed for the coveted Prix Saidye Bronfman and has an extensive international reputation. His work has been shown in North America and Europe, including the National Gallery of Canada. He was elected a member of Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2011.
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