A PHOTO ESSAY AND PROMPT
Time doesn’t just fly, like a robin catching a wind current on a warm summer day. It goes at light speed, especially when you have children. A friend once told me that when you’re a parent, the days may be long, but the years fly by. Looking at some photos of my kids from a few years ago, I know now she was right.
As my girls morph into teenagers, sometimes the days can seem really long. They’re fantastic children, and I know this is part of the deal in order for them to become amazing women, but sometimes I wish I could fast-forward to the time when we’ll be best buddies again. But then I look at these pictures, and I know that life and childhood in particular are too short to wish away one second. I hate to think of what I’d miss.
My son, who is only five, was the surprise this family didn’t know it needed. I don’t know what we laughed about before he came along. As he sits beside me know, watching Power Rangers while I nurse myself through a nasty cold, I know that he changes faster than anyone right now. I look at his baby pictures, which I feel I just took yesterday, and I hug him tightly, knowing that in too brief a time, he will morph into a man, even as I look forward to meeting that man.
I love my kids. They are all gifts I didn’t know I needed. And they give to me every day. Seriously.
Do you have a blast from the past that makes you misty-eyed? Please share!