They Really Weren’t Kidding!

When I was a young mom and had a toddler and a preschooler, the days could be very long.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved being a mom and was blessed to be able to stay at home with my kiddos.  There were just some days, however, that never came to an end!  The kids were getting into everything, or were sick, or I was sick, or there were any number of things going on that just made time pass incredibly slowly.  I remember people telling me in the midst of these decade-long days that time would pass very quickly and that my baby birds would someday fly away.

I believed them.  I smiled, and acknowledged their words, saying that I was treasuring these days as best as I could.  I knew in some general way that they wouldn’t last forever.  But darn it!  Those days lasted forever!

And then they were gone.

My babies are 18 and 20 now.  One will graduate from high school next month, the other is finishing her second year of college.  The aren’t quite exactly GONE yet, but they are very close to it.  Those days that seemed to last forever don’t really happen anymore.  I am not my children’s whole world anymore, nor are they mine.  What I wouldn’t give for just one more day of long and tired and “mommy” instead of waiting for them to have time to sit with me.  Boy, that time went fast!!!

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