School started a couple of months ago, and I was thinking last night about how women cry up a storm when their children reach "school age". I never quite understood it. That first day of school is quite traumatic for most young mothers. My gosh---my parents were pretty happy to have a few hours of peace and quiet when I started going to classes.
But I digress. This post is supposed to be about rites of passage. And that first day of school is certainly a signifcant one in the lives of parents and children.
But, there are many different rites of passage, aren't there? I always tended to think that rites of passage were pretty much confined to youth---you know, Bar Mitzvas and engagements and weddings and such.
But ROPs continue throughout our lives.......until that final ROP that we all experience.
First Job Interview
First Time you Got Fired
Death of a Loved One
What are some other ROPs you can think of?