Changes bring joy mixed with anxiety

Jennifer Burke/Staff Writer / Catholic Courier    |    06.28.2018
Category: Our Two Cents

“To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.”

Recently I ran across this quote from Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, and I’ll bet I’m not the only one who feels like I’ve been through so much change lately that I should be nearly perfect by this point. (Although I definitely am not!)

June seems to be a month full of changes for many people, as it is traditionally filled with graduations, weddings, and all kinds of endings and beginnings. In our immediate family, our middle daughter graduated from preschool in mid-June, and our oldest daughter graduated from kindergarten the next week.

Both celebrations were wonderful, although both girls privately expressed fears about moving on to first grade and kindergarten. I told them it was normal to be scared about taking on something new, and that I was nervous each time I moved into a new grade. I reassured them that they are ready to move on, and I know they will do well in school next year.

Their new classrooms will be right across the hall from each other, and adjacent to the classroom of their little sister, who will enter preschool in the fall. The changes ahead for our family don’t stop there, however, as we are eagerly anticipating the birth of a little boy next month.

The girls are beyond excited about Baby Brother, and so am I, although this time I’m the one who’s a bit anxious. I often wonder how I’ll find time to meet all of a newborn’s needs as well as those of the rest of my family. When these thoughts enter my mind, I try to remember the words of another saint, St. Padre Pio.

“Pray, hope and don’t worry.”

Easier said than done, but I’ll try!

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