"The nearer your destination, the more you're slip slidin' away"...Paul Simon
Today was the last day of High School for my youngest son. His graduation is this Sunday. For the first time in 20 years.....I no longer have a son attending a Public School. Reluctantly, I am being "asked" to hand in my resignation on several roles this connection to Public School afforded me.
I must now resign from the following:
The making of a lunch....an art which gave me deep gratification each and every morning....using two slices of bread as my canvas, painting colorful layers of sliced meats and greens...the packing of assorted treats... It was my secret way of sneaking a liitle of my love into his day.
Being a stand in Lecturer on subjects ranging from "The catcher In The Rye", The Viet-Nam War, all of our Presidents, the economy of Mynabar, to........ How to embellish a paper titled "My Most embarrassing Moment," (only a minscule sampling here)
having to ask to see his report card....(and not show too much enthusiasm..:) )
Waking him up in the morning......trying to infuse calm while disrupting him from his sleep.
Coming up with a Haiku poem.....a closing paragraph for his term paper....at 11:45 P.M.!
Driving him to school...(although he had his own car for the past year) ..I will miss escorting him at 7 A.M. through traffic....sharing the morning news that filtered out on the radio....
from asking him as he is dashing out of the house...."have your homework?"....
........I have enjoyed every minute of this role for the past twenty years.....sadly, I must now resign......and while there is great Joy in reaching this particular destination, I am compelled to muse .....
"God only knows / God makes his plan
the information is unavailable to the mortal man
we work our jobs / collect our pay
Believe we're glidin' down the highway
when in fact
we're slip slidin' away.
Slip slidin' away / Slip slidin away
the nearer your destination
the more you're slip slidin' away." ----------- Paul Simon