At the beginning of the first decade the fledgling builders with their youthful dreams began to work on their first nest. They had their first children; there were more things to worry about but also more joy.
They saw their baby’s first smile, first tooth and first steps. They got to know about maternity clinics, midwives, fussy babies, sleepless nights, colic and ear infections. The older children started school and their lifelong path of learning.
They soon needed a bigger home with a high roof and sturdy walls. They hung up on their wall this aphorism: “Contentment lives a happy home.”
These are the memories I have of the first decade of our marriage, when our young family’s life gradually took its shape. It was in many ways a time of learning.
The second decade brought in fast-paced action and bigger risks. We got to know about treetops, huts in the woods and neighbors’ doorbells. Hockey, ball games, berry-picking trips and even some holiday travel; we remember fondly those times.
Home was busy like a railway station with people were coming and going. There was a baby, there were terrible twos and teens, there were young adults. There were people laughing and crying, wanting to be held and down in the dumps, tired, hungry, reading and running. Love and joy.
Then came the really busy decade with confirmation camps, opisto years, trade school and high school.
This was a decade of change. The oldest children moved away from home, and we had new girlfriends and boyfriends visiting. We felt a bit timid and nervous, but mostly happy about the new people. Welcome into Kumpula family!
We also moved our home nest into a new locality. We found a new home zion and new friends. We were reminded about the brevity of life and experienced fears of loss. Our youngest child was born, and we had our first grandchild. We reached the status of grandparents, which was something we had been looking forward to.
The fourth decade was full of planning and adaptation. Even our younger children were building their own nests. There were many occasions for celebration throughout the year: confirmations, engagements, weddings, baptisms, birthdays, school closing ceremonies and graduations.
Although there were fewer inhabitants in the home nest, the extended family continued to grow. There were many things to be grateful for, a lot of joy and happiness, a lot of love. Hands were still often joined in thanksgiving and prayer.
We had entered a stage of life where we asked ourselves: are the busy years of life really behind us?
We are now beginning our fifth decade together. The home nest has two inhabitants, neither of whom have youthful dreams any more. We have rich memories of our past life, and we are feeling our way into unknown future. Would it be possible to attend all the special services next summer, possibly even in Sweden? What could we plan for the coming winter?
It is safe to plan knowing that things will go the way they are meant to go. We have another aphorism hanging on our wall: ”The best days of your life are here and now. Live them fully, and you will remember them always.”
the time and place of my birth.
You will guide our lives
in the play of children
in the whirlwinds of youth
you showed me
my tasks and duties.
You gave me a spouse,
children and home.
All things are gifts from you.
you bless us
in your kingdom.
You comfort us with your grace
and support us with your word.
Text: Vesa Kumpula
Translation: Sirkka-Liisa Leinonen
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Poikkeusolojen vuoksi radion ja netin välityksellä lähetetyt Suviseurat saivat kuulijoiden palautteen perusteella positiivisen vastaanoton. Historiallisten Suviseurojen järjestelyt sujuivat suunnitelmien mukaisesti, eikä suurempia häiriöitä ilmennyt. Seurojen keskeinen sanoma välittyi kaikkialle maailmaan ja seurapuheet käännettiin yhdeksälle kielelle.