There is nothing sweeter in this sad world than the sound of someone you love calling your name.”
—The Tale of Despereaux
by Kate DiCamillo
I admit there are days when I think that if I hear moooooooommmmmmm – one more time, I will burst into tiny little fragments.
Then, I remember how quickly the time comes when your children are grown and busy with their own lives and don’t call, or through death you will never hear one of your children’s voices again. That’s when I take a deep breath and thank God that someone still calls my name.
So to you mom of many, take it all in, enjoy it while you can and be thankful. Take a few deep breaths, take a walk around the block or lock yourself in the bathroom with headphones on to have a quiet moment. But – don’t ever take for granted that sweet voice loving you, needing you, thinking you are the best thing since sliced bread. It won’t last. Take it all in, soak it into your marrow to draw on in the days that will surely come.
Isaiah told me today that he thinks most moms are probably just flat out jealous of me. I, in shock, asked him what would make him think that. He told me he just imagined they all wanted to be the best mom ever, but since I am, that title is taken! Of course, I know the truth but for today, I’ll take it. I’ll tuck it away in the folds of my heart, ready to revisit it as he grows up and away.
When my first four children were littles, my hubby’s mom would say, “you’re eating your white bread now.” I never had a clue as to the meaning. I do now. It takes living a while, raising your family, and a bit of wisdom to understand it. She also said, “when they’re little they step on your toes when they’re big, they step on your heart!” Yep, got that too.
These days are but a vapor. Drink it all in. Treasure every minute and count your blessings one by one!
It is coming clear that this post is a bit of a downer. That’s not my intention. I’m writing on a beautiful day, enjoying the sunshine and watching my little man play soccer. I’m just feeling nostalgic! I miss my bigs though…so I guess that’s where it’s coming from.
“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”
—The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne