I have heard the term “bittersweet” used numerous times recently. I consulted Webster, who says: bittersweet -something pleasant mixed with overtones of sadness. Yep, that pretty much says it…

I heard the term used to describe parents’ feelings of kids going off to college. I can vouch for that situation myself. Of course we are thrilled they are independent, intelligent young adults going off to seek higher education, but where did the years go? Only yesterday we were arranging play dates and coaching their little league teams. Now we’re signing leases and giving advice on being good neighbors and grocery shopping.   Bittersweet indeed.

I heard the term used when someone was speaking about her son moving away to New York City for a new job. Great, he finally would have “real” employment, after 2 years out of college and doing ho-hum jobs. But did the opportunity have to be so far away? Will he ever come back to CO, or will he love the big city, east coast life and be there forever? Bittersweet changes.

I heard the term used by a woman talking about the recent passing of her favorite aunt. While she was sad at the physical loss of this family member, she had seen the aunt suffering from cancer for a number of years and had faith that she was going on to a better place. A bittersweet death.

I experienced bittersweet emotions upon learning that a neighbor friend would be moving soon. While sad at the personal loss for myself, I was happy for her that they would have the opportunity to live close to their only grandchild. Then, two weeks later, more bittersweet emotion, in reverse…they weren’t moving after all! Good for me, sad for my friend who wouldn’t get to have the closeness I experience, living close to the grandbabies.

I even heard the term used by someone who has a son in prison. Could it be that a parent is somehow “thankful” that their child is in the “safe” confines of incarceration? When the son is developmentally challenged and taken advantage of out in the “free” world, I suppose it could be. Bittersweet circumstances.

Certainly, we will all continue to experience the bittersweet-ness of life’s happenings, I think it best to focus on the sweet, and leave the bitter to God. He can handle it and has a plan for all.

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.They will soar high on wings like eagles.They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31

Andrea Heshmati

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