I spent the weekend in Pittsburgh with my daughter India. It was Family Weekend at the University of Pittsburgh, and parents were invited to see first hand how their children had fared during a month of separation.
We had a lovely time. After being separated for a month, we were very happy to see each other. I met her friends, inspected her room, and cheered the Panthers on to victory on a perfect fall day. I secretly admired the subtle indications of new maturity in her, and she seemed proud to show off new life skills. (She and a friend traveled on public transportation to meet me at the airport). After a late dinner, she decided to spend the night at my hotel to extend our time together.
As I headed to the airport, leaving her behind, I felt that all was right with the world. I know she gets homesick, and I get homesick for her, but she is on a fabulous life journey and enjoying every minute of it. She is living the life she was born to lead — a wonderful journey full of fun, friends, knowledge and service — just as it should be. However, I know that no matter where life leads her, she will always return home with joy.
Are your working to create that kind of home for those you love? Are you keeping work in its proper perspective so that you leave time nurture those you love. Work is important, but it should not be the centerpiece of your home life. Instead, focus on creating a loving, supportive environment for those you love. Create a home that your spouse, your children, your grandchildren, your roommate, etc. cannot wait to return to. That, to me, is a successful life.
My quilt From Africa to Atlanta by Way of Arkansas is my autobiographical quilt that captures my life journey. This quilt turned out to the beginning of a series of 100 memory quilts. They can be viewed at www.africancanvasquilts.wordpress.com. My life has been a wonderful journey, and I have been many places, but there was never a time that just the thought of returning home did not feel me with joy.
I wish you a joyful journey home.