The last stage of marriage is that period of time when the nest is empty—either empty of the children or of one of the mates—or both. This is a critical stage in the home. All sorts of strange and unpredictable feelings transpire, and we find ourselves in need of stabilizing thoughts and direction.
There are few things cuter than the cluelessness of children. However, there are few things more tragic than an adult living a clueless life.
In the process of being nurtured, children learn the quality of their parents’ love (security), the limits of their own liberty (maturity), and the characteristics of a healthy independence (purity).
Tough though it may be to admit it, most of us resist growing up. We say all the things that suggest otherwise, but in reality, we resist launching out into the ocean of adulthood. It seems only logical that we spend a little while analyzing why there is such a strong resistance within us to move on into the responsibilities and challenges of adulthood.