I enjoy reading other blogs, often for nothing more than listening to another person’s thoughts. After experiencing the sudden, unexpected death of my 45yo cousin last week, this entry by Rand Richards Cooper in his blog really struck home with me.
My oldest child is now 29, and I can remember my husband’s then 79yo grandmother telling me when we brought him home from the hospital, “Enjoy every single minute with Matthew, because before you know it, he’ll be grown and out of the house.”
Of course, I laughed back then, thinking with my then 24yo naivete, “Well, that’s a loooonnng time from now.”
It happened when I blinked, I think. Nannie was right.
Enjoy these precious moments with your children, even those days when you wistfully remember what it was like before spills, throw-ups, dirty diapers, sleepless nights, tantrums, and more. Before you know it, your little one will be grown as well.
From Rand Richards Cooper:
“We humans tend to believe we move through time, but really, time moves through us; and becoming a parent allows you to feel it happening. Only after Larkin was born did I realize how meager my sense of the future had been. A child demands a future of you, but she also gives you one, changing your place in the procession — not only the ancestors behind you, but now the descendents in front of you as well. It is a terrific enlargement of your life, and a comfort.” —- Rand Richards Cooper, Dad on a Lark