3 Feb
2017
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Sometimes Life is That Cliché

trouble with time Buddha quote

If there’s one thing I know about parenting, it’s that children grow up too fast. I know. I know. It’s the epitome of cliché, but also heartrendingly true.

Our oldest will be a freshman next year and will register for high school classes this month. I’m sentimental, sometimes to a fault. The email confirming his placement in high school seemed surreal. It surely belonged in someone’s else inbox. I can’t possibly have a teenager in high school. I’m too young, and he’s not old enough. I just started this mothering thing. All, clearly, not true. I am, he is, and I’ve been doing this for close to 15 years.

I remember when our children were babies and well-meaning older moms would tell me, “It goes too fast.” I wanted to roll my eyes every single time. I completely understood the fleeting passage of time. However, I was drowning in needs and diapers and messes and lack of sleep. I remember having those toddlers who were constantly needing something and always up in my business. There was never a moment of peace…never. There were days I couldn’t fathom life ever being anything but that relentless onslaught of someone needing something all the time.

Now I’m the older mom who wants to grab young moms by the shoulder, look them in the eye and say, “It goes too fast.” Time is a funny thing. Those days I never thought I’d ever be out of seem like only months ago, but are, in reality, over a decade in my past.

I’m not going to preach to anyone about enjoying every moment. You won’t. I don’t. Know that this too shall pass. The good moments along with the bad. Some moments seem to stretch relentlessly for days on end while you’re living them, but in retrospect, it may not seem as eternal as it felt.

I swear that children grow even faster from the age of 12 on. It seems once our oldest hit middle school the aging process stepped up to double-time. I’ve watched that baby face and gangling body morph into a young man in a nanosecond. He hugs me and takes my breath away, both literally and figuratively.

It seems just last year he was toddling around pouring baby powder all over his bedroom. Today we discussed the legalization of marijuana, and his arguments were articulate and well-researched. He’ll be driving and graduating in a blink, and it happened just like that…too fast.

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