Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Aerial View

Lucas and Stan at Lucas'  8th grade graduation
As I was driving the endless 1-69 out of Indy today my mind was wandering -- as usual-- and as I crested a hill and could see so much more around me than the typical flatlands I had been driving, I thought: this is what it is to be a parent. We are not to see our kids eye to eye (which is good cuz my oldest is a good four inches taller than me)but rather to lift ourselves above them so we can see the horizon that lies before them. When we remember to not stoop to be their friend, their pal, their "equal" we are in a better position to guide them. I think that is kind of the way God sees us too. He can see so much more around us, behind us, ahead of us because he is over us. Now, to be clear I am in no way putting parents on the same level as God (we may be hills in Indiana - he is Mt Everest!) I am just saying we need to be the lookout for our kids. This notion of parent versus friend was a whole lot easier when they came up to my knee caps... it is trickier when they start looking and acting like people I would like to hang out with. Yet it is probably now that they need a lookout more than ever! My oldest son starts high school this fall -- might be why these kind of thoughts run through my mind.

Just a random thought along I-69 tonight.


  1. I always told my sophomore parents that it gets easier when they are juniors. These next two years are hard on everyone as they transition between boy and man; some days they go back and forth at a neck and heart-breaking pace. It sounds, though, like you have a great handle on it all.

  2. Welcome to the blogosphere! Glad the Indiana countryside could provide you some inspiration for your thoughts. Happy Blogging!
    a Latte with Ott, A

  3. whoohoo, looking good! Looking forward to see a lot more posts!