Last month, my family visited the King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibit at the California Science Center.While we marveled at the artifacts (many of which have never left Egypt before), my ten-year-old son, Ryan, kept focusing on King Tut’s young age when he became ruler of Egypt.King Tut was only nine years old, earning him the nickname “Boy King.”
We joked with my ten-year-old son that he was a year behind.Actually, I think Ryan is a great mix of innocent, little boy and mature, young man.But in many ways, I fear that my illness has somewhat colored his childhood, prompting him to have experiences and knowledge I didn’t have when I was his age (and younger).
Because Ryan only knows me as I am now — a mommy who has an illness, whose legs often hurt, who takes a lot of medicines, and who sees the doctor fairly regularly.
It got me thinking of a personal essay I wrote last year for www.Mother.ly. Click here to read, “My Son is Already Becoming My Caretaker – And It’s Both Heartbreaking and Inspiring.”
Our family doesn’t regularly make it a point to stop what we’re doing and watch the nightly sunset.Once in a while, we’ll notice the splashes of orange and pink in the sky; we’ll come to the window and admire for a moment or two before continuing on with our nightly routines.
But in Cambria, people do regularly stop and watch and marvel at the sunset.We were there recently (we go once a year), and on our first night there, we weren’t granted much of a show.The day had been extremely foggy, and most of the sunset was hidden from view.But on our second and final night, we were gifted with a glorious show.The temperature had dropped considerably (my son was quite entertained by my chattering teeth), but the cold was well worth it.
On that note, I’d like to encourage my readers to try and make a point of witnessing a sunset.It’s important to stop and stand in awe of the beauty that surrounds us.It really does help put things in perspective.If perhaps the view from your home isn’t the best, then click here and take a look at a post I wrote last year for MomsLA.com for a list of some fantastic sunset-viewing spots all around Los Angeles.