The tree that is pictured above is the inspiring force behind my post today. If you look carefully, you will see that the entire top half is about to fall off the tree (it was snapped in half by a snow storm almost one month ago). This tree is very close to our school playground, which has forced us to close half the playground until we can get the tree cut down properly. Apparently there is only one company in our area that cuts down trees and the company is not equipped to cope with all the trees that collapsed in our city during the last snow. So, for now we wait. We wait for the tree removal company or for mother nature to take her course. Either way, the students are a little less entertained on the playground until we can declare the half near the dangling tree safe again.
As we wait, not so patiently, for the tree to be removed, it reminds me of so many waiting games I see around me at the moment – it is so hard to be on the edge of information, waiting for all sorts of decisions and results.
Our seniors are waiting to hear from universities, not just regarding acceptances, but also about scholarships. Some of our parents are waiting to hear about future employment, hoping that they can move to a new challenge that will afford them and their family more opportunities. Some families find that their child is not progressing academically – they are waiting too, often barely able to breathe, to find out if their child is struggling with a learning disability and needs extra support.
I find that, no matter the outcome, the waiting (for me) is so very difficult. Whether the news is outstanding or overwhelming, once a person has heard the decision they can move on and plan for alternative opportunities. I have seen the relief on the faces of our parents when they receive information on their child and finally understand how to support them. I also see relief when new jobs are announced and our parents gear up for new family adventures.
Today, 14 days ’til 40, I am going to work to calm myself when my own family is in the midst of waiting games – and I will also strive to be sensitive to the many families that surround me, all of which are struggling with their own waiting games.