I know I do. When you’re in the thick of it, it’s easy to wish the day to end and move on but before we get a chance to come up for breath, our little treasures have grown up! I often forget this.
As I was walking to nursery the other day, I kept thinking how much longer would I be taking the kids to nursery/school for. My eldest son, Antonio starts school in September, so big changes for all of us soon…eeek…that’s a future blog and challenge i’m burying my head in the sand for now!! Antonio is nearly 4.5 years old and the time has gone so quick. I’m sure the next 4.5 years will go even quicker. So for me when I think of it in those terms, it makes me realise I want to enjoy this truly precious time.
I often complain (to myself!) why do I have to do the dropping off and picking up from nursery. Why me?? Another thing I have to do in my already busy life. But when I think of not doing it, my breath catches. I do want to do it. I do enjoy it. It’s our ritual and while some days it’s a bit nearing to the edge of loosing the plot with the boys, most of the time it’s fun. We tell stories, the boys show me their moves on their scooters and seeing them settled with their friends at nursery, all happy, safe and ready to have lots of fun for the day 🙂
Let’s savour our time. Kids can be tough and challenging and I sometimes wonder why I ever did have them. Yes we all have dark days!! But they are so amazing and bring so much joy and are so insightful. I sometimes stand back in awe of them and have to pinch myself that I am their mum and my breath catches again.
Take a moment today and savour it. Tomorrow is another day and can wait. Don’t put off having fun with your treasures, just do it and watch their little faces light up, their cheeky smiles appearing, now that’s pure magic.
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Sonia, this has been my personal conversation lately too! It is a see-saw between enjoying the gift of spending time with my daughter now, before she goes fully into the school system and as Rona said, of being frustrated in feeling I am not fulfilling my working potential. I have an exciting work project that is jostling for my attention alongside my daughter. My answer: the project can wait as I know this time cannot be recaptured and in the meantime my work stays in work time and my daughter benefits from me being fully present when we are together.
I look forward to hearing how the school transition goes for you and your family as we will be there soon enough too!
Hi Kirsten, once again you are a role model to us all in defining your priorities and your work life balance. Your daughter is very lucky to have you as a mum. I will certainly let you know how the school transition goes!
I love this piece Sonia. Although sometimes I felt frustrated when I was at home with the kids that I wasn’t fulfilling my potential, now that they are all grown up, the one thing I will never regret was being fully present with them on their journey as they travelled through childhood and beyond. I also feel they benefited and I know I did.
Wow Rona. It’s beautiful to get an insight into your journey as a mum and know the delights and gifts of being fully present with your children. It enforces the path and goal I am aiming for even more. Thank you