Saturday, August 28, 2010

Inspiration Avenue Weekly Challenge

How did it get so late so soon?
It's night before it's afternoon.
December is here before it's June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?
~ Dr. Seuss

~ What I always think at the end of the week
as I finish my IA challenge :)
The theme this week at  Inspiration Avenue is 
The Power of Words

 I think the quote above is so true. 

My son left for college this week, and is now
officially on his own.  Only about 50 miles
away, so not so far.

Far enough for him to feel independent,
and far enough for me to throw out
all the shoes he left behind! Yucky shoes!

To pretend his room is now a guest room?
Nah, I think (hope) he'll still be using it
from time to time.

Speaking of words,
I'll leave you with some quotes I like:

Of course there's a lot of knowledge in universities:  
the freshmen bring a little in; 
the seniors don't take much away, 
so knowledge sort of accumulates.  
~Abbott Lawrence Lowell

Twenty years from now you will be more 
disappointed by the things you didn't do 
than by the ones you did. 
So throw off the bowlines,
sail away from the safe harbor. 
Catch the trade winds in your sails. 
Explore. Dream. Discover.
~ Mark Twain

It is always sad when someone leaves home, 
unless they are simply going around the corner 
and will return in a few minutes 
with ice-cream sandwiches.
~ Lemony Snicket

A professor is one who
talks in someone else's sleep.  
~W.H. Auden 

And finally:
If at first you don't succeed, 
do it like your mother told you.  
 ~Author Unknown

(Quote on the door above by
John Ed Pearce) 


  1. What a beautiful piece and such a lovely heartfelt post!! Love it all...and what a gorgeous and inspiring creation and tribute to " the power of words" ! Wonderful!!
    Yay! You rock!

  2. Ah, but they come back to visit from time to time. It's been some time since my two daughters left the nest. The friendship you form when they're adults is quite magical.

  3. aww maggie! that's a beautiful entry! heartfelt and so true :)

  4. ah...the door evokes such emotion for me. Sent my first child off on his own 3 years ago and the second is chomping at the bit to go once he finishes senior year. Very lovely tribute.

  5. Absolutely beautifully.
    Fantastic art.

  6. I just found your blog!!! Wonderful!! Do you have a Feedblitz/burner link somewhere on the sidebar. I would love to subscribe!
    Cynthia Schelzig

  7. I love this piece and the Dr. Seuss quote you stuck in is so true! Our daughter just started her junior year and I know if I blink, she'll be off too college.....
    Happy Sunday!

  8. Thanks everyone for such lovely comments! To all who have had children leave home, and to those who have it coming in the future, I know you can relate! Sad, but it's how it's meant to be.

    Imagine the alternative! A 50-year-old, living at home! Ha, but I guess it does happen...

  9. This is wonderful Maggie - I love it! I wondered if you were thinking of your son when you did it? And yes you're right, we raise them so they can go out and make their own way in the world - when they do it's proof that you've done a great job (but hugs to you, my son's not quite there yet but I'm already anxious about it!)

  10. These quotes are wonderful Maggie - most were new to me too - I especially love the Auden one! Reminds me of trying to keep awake in lectures. I dread my son flying the nest. Today he came back from a 2 week holiday with his Dad. I've missed him so much. It's wonderful to have him in my arms again and to laugh together.

  11. Hi Maggie,
    These are some fun quotes you rounded up for us. I enjoyed reading them. Thanks for dropping by with your well wishes. I'm glad to be back.
    As far as taking Mermaids I'm not sure yet. I should have signed up when it was cheaper. lol. I might still do it. I'm taking the conti. education class at my own pace right now. She is not helping out any more tho...closed down the discussion room for that one. Oh well.
    Geee wish I could take all of her classes. I wanted to take the Goddess and poet...did you like it?

  12. I LOVE this quote!! As well as the last one about Mother!! Too cute!


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