The other day my four year old and I were sitting at the table and eating snacks. I was sipping a soda and he was munching on a bowl of Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers… something we’ve both been doing for years. He was telling me all about his field trip to the farm the day before and did I realize how stinky the pigs really were, and how there was a baby horse that lives with the goats and how hilarious that was….and it was one of those mornings that I want to remember. Just one of those ordinary days that are the best of the best. He was munching on Goldfish crackers…and I was learning all about farm life but mostly wondering where in the world the last 4 and a half years have gone. I remember when my kids were babies and the endless nights and hours of feedings, crying, diapers and no sleep. But those hard moments of parenting seem light-years away now….and listening to all my kids tell me stories about their adventures when I am not there make me yearn to hold onto each one of them for a bit longer.
Because as we sat there and had snack time I realized something:
#1. Now that he is older he really is a funny kid.
#2. Now he is older.
I started to think about how, without my noticing, the activities have been changing over the years. Where he used to sit and rock him on my lap, he now spreads out next to me when we are reading books at night. And one day…all too soon…time spent with his mom will be replaced with friends, activities, and his growing up life. I was reminded of a quote I had heard long ago that I now suddenly understood.
It was penned by J.M. Barrie the author of Peter Pan and reads, “Young boys should never be sent to bed. They always wake up a day older.”
They always wake up a day older. And before we know it our sweet babies are grown. My little guy is growing up. He starts Kindergarten next year. And I wonder how much longer are we going to sit together at the table chatting crunching Goldfish crackers? I don’t know. But I what I do know is that I don’t regret any of the time that we’ve spent there together…and that I will make the most of the time that I have left with him before I wake up one morning and realize that he’s all grown up.
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