Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Years are Short {SOL 8.23.16}

When you are holding your newborn baby in your arms, staring into its barely open eyes and listening to its sweet coos, time seems like an infinite thing.

When a wise friend tells you to cherish every minute because time moves quickly, you brush their words aside because time seems endless.

When you ask your sweet child what he wants to do when he grows up and he answers that he wants to be a superhero, you gently laugh to yourself because you can't imagine a time when he will have to be something other than your little boy.

When you sit through band concerts, scout ceremonies, parent teacher conferences, volleyball games, birthday parties, and play dates, they seem like mere appointments on your calendar that you check off in a blur.

When your little one learns to walk, takes the bus to school, goes to sleep away camp, gets his driver's license, and graduates, you don't realize what is happening.

Then comes the day you were warned about.

That day that seemed like it could never, sometimes would never,  come.

That day that is the culmination of every day that came before it.

Your sweet child leaves the nest.

And you realize that the days may seem long, but the years are very, very short.


6 comments:

  1. It's always about someone else until it's about you, right? Bless you both on this journey forward. You've done your job, now watch how well he uses your magic.

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  2. That last line made me teary, & I still struggle when my faraway son says goodbye. My grandson just turned 15, time for the permit! Oh I send you hugs, Jennifer. Having children as grown up friends is a good thing, but I understand how you feel right now. I posted this poem on Poetry Friday last week, knowing many of these goodbyes, even off to kindergarten, are happening now: https://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/075.html

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  3. Goose bumps for me as I read this, nodded in agreement. Time does evaporate and all of a sudden you find yourself in the place in life you never thought would be your place.

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  4. Goose bumps for me as I read this, nodded in agreement. Time does evaporate and all of a sudden you find yourself in the place in life you never thought would be your place.

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  5. Yes. I am right there with you. You capture it so well with your words.

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  6. Beautiful, Jennifer, just beautiful. I read right along with your slice, for it reflects my life at this moment too. Thanks for capturing the thoughts and words. ~Amy

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