Motherhood- Things I Don’t Want to Forget
While I was out shopping the other day, I caught the tail-end of an argument between a frustrated mother and her kids. It was apparent that the children weren’t listening to the mother and they were loudly fighting back and forth over a toy. Clearly tired and overwhelmed, the mother finally yelled out “I wish you all would just grow up!”
You know the line. It’s the one us parents say to our kids when they’re acting out and we’ve had just about all we can take.
Now before I go any further, let me preface this by saying I in no way am judging this mother. Because I 100%, wholeheartedly get it. We have all been there and had those days and situations where you’re at your wits end, you’re tried, you’re frustrated, and you say something out of anger.
But just as quick as the words come out of your mouth, you realize that what you said was too harsh. You didn’t really mean it and you realize it’s time to step back, take a deep breath, and remember what’s most important in that moment.
My oldest son just graduated from primary school last week, officially completing the first grade. I was already a little sad over the fact that my kids indeed are growing up, but when I witnessed this situation in the store, it just really hit home with me even further. Because in every way, I wish quite the opposite. I wish my little ones would stay the way they are right now, forever.
They say that time goes by faster the older that you get, which I tend to agree with. But I kind of think that God intended it that way because he wants us to fully take advantage of every single second that we’re blessed with.
I wake up to two beautiful, smiling boys’ faces every day, and I’m always greeted with the most precious sounding, “Good Morning, Mama” followed by two, sleepy yet eager hugs. And what a good morning it is. To know that I have two boys who love me with their whole hearts and to know that we’re both each other’s number one fans.
I don’t want to forget the way you always look back at me when I drop you off at school in the mornings, or how you excitedly say “Hey there beyootiful” in the most precious 5-year-old voice.
I don’t want to to forget the way you belly chuckle at the funny parts in the movie, or how you ask me to rewind it five times in a row, just so you can laugh all over again. Or how we always snuggle on the couch together on the weekends, and you hold my hand while you’re asleep on my lap.
I don’t want to forget how you always ask me for “something else” with a sheepish grin, after we just finished eating dinner. Or how every single treat you’re given is the most special gift in your eyes.
No I don’t want to forget each of your special and unique qualities, because I know it’s the very things that will one day shape you into the smart, brave, strong, caring, beautiful souls you’ll grow to be.
I wish you would stay little like this forever, but if you must grow, please grow slow. And know that I’ll be right there with you every single step of the way.
You’re going to do great things little ones, and don’t you ever forget that.
Thanks for stopping by- Cara