I never really thought about independence until I started leaning on others

Maybe when I first had a pain I couldn’t explain

Or the limp that wouldn’t quit

Maybe then I wondered

Or had the first inkling

But worry about indepdnece at 20

Or 40

Maybe by 60 or so

I did realize early on that I needed to be independent

From my parents

But then I jumped into your arms

And thought nothing of how interdependent we were

Nor did I ponder our relationships with those in our church

Or even the many times we shared with parents of children’s friends

Even our own families were in our cucoon of trust and need

I am beginning to understand that independence

Is the ability to find ourselves enjoying life as we know it.

FXC 7/15/15

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