Saturday, December 27, 2008

Thoughts on Mothering


I'm sitting here listening to my teens giggle and laugh with friends. I realize the fact that they are home, playing games (CLUE tonight) with friends is, in itself, an anomaly in our day and age. I so enjoy hearing them laugh and giggle.
I have three children left at home. I'm going to miss this. I'm not ready to be an "empty-nester", and as my nest empties I long for the days when they were young. I think in my "busy young mother" days I missed a lot. How many days did I hurry them off to bed? How many times did I dismiss something their little mouths were telling me? How often did I fall into bed and not look back?
Please don't do this. When someone tells you "they grow up so fast": Believe them! Despite the fact you may be changing diapers every half hour, it will not always be so--I promise! The drudgery that you feel from time to time will abate, and you will be left with only what you have cultivated.
Cherish this time; it's worth every crazy, busy moment.

Just my thoughts on this soggy winter night.

5 comments:

Live well, Laugh often, Love much ~Maria said...

I can testify to this reality. I think back to my stay at home mom days when the kids were itty bitties and I can hardly believe that it all went so fast. I miss the cuddles, and the adoration that comes with those little ones! I wish we could keep them little longer.

Crystal said...

Amen.

Crystal

Audra MacKenzie said...

Thanks for the reminder. I have been thinking about this myself. Mainly because Lexi will be double digits in January and in the hustle of having 'all these kids' I seem to have lost hold of the moments. You are awesome! They are so blessed to have you as their mom.

Ritsumei said...

My Mom's been making the same kind of "they're all leaving me!" noises recently. Makes me want to cuddle my Monkey as much as he will let me!

netta's oldestdaughter said...

i love you mom!!!!!!!! or should i say i love you mommmmmmyyyyy!