Welcome Update #9

7/24/2011

 
Carri Bonner, Editorial Director

Wow! I can't believe it's been three weeks already since our premier issue released!  We've received some wonderful responses to the magazine and are already receiving submissions for our next issue. I'm very excited about the content in our next issue and am eager to see what else we will receive to enhance this issue. 

For me, this time of year is the quiet before the storm. My oldest daughter will be a senior in high school this year and have all of the excitement and drama that comes with your final year of high school. She'll be applying to colleges and trying to enjoy her last moments of the "freedom" of being a carefree teen. My son is a freshman this year and is already swamped with all his football stuff. It's a huge transition from middle school ball to high school ball and he's working hard to buff up and run with the big dogs. My youngest daughter is going into the 7th grade and is trying to figure out her niche in school. She's got varied interests and is trying to figure out exactly what she would like to focus on. 

On a personal level, all of this should feel overwhelming and chaotic, however, my kids have their heads on pretty straight and are fairly focused when they find something they like. While it's a huge amount of change, I don't feel the stress ...yet. I have a feeling once school actually begins, I'll feel it all pretty quick and the storm will hit, sweeping my children around like a tempest in a teacup. I feel more focused on myself than I have in years which is an odd feeling for me. While I still have things that I need to do with them, they've all gotten fairly independent and for the first time in several years, I am able to sit and write for hours with minimal disruptions. For me, Palmer Grove is a lifeline as I begin to face pre-empty nest syndrome as my children already become so busy in their own lives, they have much less need for me. I am looking ahead a few years and not dreading the children being gone as I once did, but adjusting to the idea that I'll have something else to nurture and help grow as they move on without me. 

So, as the final weeks of summer start approaching, I look forward to the next school year. I look forward to seeing a lovely young woman graduate high school and move into the future she has envisioned. I look forward to seeing a young man gain confidence and begin to look at where his future might take him. I look forward to seeing a sweet young girl growing into a strong young woman. And I look forward to what Palmer Grove will add to my life as well, as writers open my world and allow me to read their own creations and enhance my own writing. 
 



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