Let me tell you about my family. I have three sons. Aaron is the oldest, Andrew is the middle and Matthew is the youngest. Andrew is married and his wife’s name is Jesse and they have a baby on the way. Aaron is my adopted son and he currently lives in Maryland, and I haven’t seen him in two years. Matthew is currently living with us but he is moving out soon.
Last night we were all sitting around the dinner table talking about our lives, which is rare for us all to get together at night, as both my sons work in retail. Andrew and Jesse were talking about the fact that they still haven’t taken a honeymoon and with both of their class loads this Fall he doesn’t see how they are going to be able to. Matthew was chatting on about his life in the future, getting back into college and how that might affect his job, etc….and I began to reflect on how fast life changes.
I was eighteen when I had Andrew, twenty-two when I had Matt and now they are all grown and moving on with their lives and beginning their own families. As I was watching them interact as grown ups I began to long for the days when the house was filled with laughter, fussing, music, and well, just kid stuff. When the kids all come over now the house is all busy for a few hours and then once they leave it is all quiet again.
It never really bothered me when my kids moved out, that is what they are supposed to do, grow up and become independent. However, every now and then when they have been here and the laughter is strong and the times are loud and fun is abound, I feel that tugging at my heart strings wishing for when they were little again, and then I remind my self they become teenagers…………
Seriously, just take the time to enjoy every moment you have with your children because you never know when tomorrow may not come. They grow up so fast and we take for granted those dinners together or those long talks that are few and far between. Being a parent is the most rewarding job in the world and it lasts forever.