While attending the conference earlier this month, I met quite a few women whose children were already grown and who were focused on other pursuits in their lives. One impressive woman didn’t even seem old enough to have grown children – yet her four kids were already out of the house. She is now a writer, a painter and starting teaching fifth grade last year.
These women reminded me of the many years of post-intensive parenting that lie ahead, even for women like me who start families on the later side. They reminded me that those are years ripe for possibilities and that the decisions I take now will determine the type of life I have then.