Anne Squared

Life filtered through the lens of an INTJ, Mom, and healthcare professional.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hue of You (Color Me Nostalgic)

The song is less than a 1:30 minutes. I promise if you are a mom, dad, aunt, uncle, thinking of having kids, or a kid, or have a heart…even an INTJ ;)…the song alone will bring something to mind, even if my words do not. My hope is you will listen, read and respond.

One kiddo is graduating from college in less than 2 months, the other is leaving for college in the spring. This week was a collision of emotions as one criticized what he knew nothing about regarding home life and the other needed intervention to keep her safe and on the path to recovery from her father abandoning her. Parenting is never easy, but what happens when they are gone? That is the color of the lens through which I see my world this week.


Baseball, basketball, poker, math, loyalty and logic, Harry Potter and Pokemon… my INTJ.

mara072013Leopard prints, sparkly shoes, gold lockets, the youngest in the national spelling competition, horses, cats and kids! My creative child. (And Harry Potter!)

I know they are prepared for what comes their way in life, for I saw to it that they were prepared.

Why do I see only shades of grey, with glimpses of pink mittens and red sweatshirts?

My hue is black and white, and all the shades in-between…

Shouldn’t I be rejoicing with the vibrant colors of the rainbow that my children have weathered the storms and are moving into adulthood…not without bumps and bruises…I never claimed life was perfect or that we had a normal family…. They have the skills to make their way in the world; work ethic, honesty, motivation, kindness and compassion, a sense of citizenship to their neighbors, friends and society? Is it possible to raise a child to be too independent?

Historically, no. Today? I am interested in what my readers have to think. Comments, thoughts, questions – welcome, as always.

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10 replies

  1. such a touching post, this INFJ feels first, then thinks! Parenting like most journeys looks different upon review. I do not think you can raise kids to be too independent. That is a sign that you did a nice job in a job description that should have at the end : and any other tasks that will be needed for the rest of your life and that cannot be imagined at this time!

    how beautifully you describe your children and how lucky they are to have you. and how imperfect life is!

  2. Funny that you opened the post w/ “Bookends.” I’ve been editing since 10 AM, listening to music simultaneously. I’m ending the day w/ Neil Young as my soundtrack, after hours of the Dead and Billy Joel, but it was a toss-up between Young and Simon and Garfunkel. Did you know they originally used the name “Tom and Jerry?”


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